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Pala Band Of Mission Indians Sues Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors

Addiction to opioids and heroin is a major public health problem, but so is a...

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Above: Addiction to opioids and heroin is a major public health problem, but so is alcohol abuse.

Pala Band Of Mission Indians Sues Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors

GUESTS:

Robert Smith, chairman, Pala Band of Mission Indians

Doug Elmets, spokesman, Pala Band of Mission Indians

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The Pala Band of Mission Indians in San Diego announced Monday that they have filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors in an effort to hold them accountable for the impact opioids have had on the tribe.

The legal action says that the use of opioids has had a “devastating” effect on the tribe. They also allege the opioid industry has been behind a scheme to make patients and doctors believe their painkillers were safe and non-addictive.

State statistics show the opioid death rate for Native Americans in California and in San Diego County is higher than any other group.

Robert Smith, chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians and Doug Elmets, a spokesman for the tribe, join Midday Edition Tuesday to discuss the lawsuit.

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