Attorney General Laxalt announces ongoing investigation against opioid epidemic
CARSON CITY, Nev. (NEWS 4 & FOX 11) —
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is teaming up with other AGs to combat the opioid crisis.
The Office of the Nevada Attorney General and a bipartisan coalition of a majority of attorneys general will evaluate whether manufacturers have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing and sale of opioids.
The coalition is using "its investigative tools, including subpoenas for documents and testimony to determine the appropriate course of action to address the opioid epidemic," according to a press release.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Nevada is ranked sixth in the nation for the number of milligrams of opioids distributed per adult in 2016.
Laxalt chaired Senate Bill 59, which aims to combat prescription drug-related overdoses or deaths and reports of stolen prescription drugs to the Prescription Monitoring Program.
"So we have some ideas if it's a doctor that is attached to ten straight overdoses or some other information that we can gather to try and protect our citizens," said Laxalt.
Laxalt entered a $5.3 million settlement with Volkswagen from the multi-state emission lawsuit last year. The funds will go toward opioid awareness campaigns.