The opoid epidemic is one of the biggest issues facing America today. You can often find an article on the Times website about a crime related to opiod abuse. The police are overworked by it. The court systems are flooded with related cases.

Now Campbell County i striking back. The county is joining multiple other counties throughout the nation in filing a RICO lawsuit against the companies that manufacture and distribute opiods. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act or simply RICO, is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.

The lawsuit also accuses the opiod manufacturers of conspiring to distribute a substance that they knew was addictive and had a high percentage chance of abuse. The opiod manufacturers are also accused of fraud and negligence.

The suit does not seek a specific amount of momentary reimbursement for damages. Instead it asks for the cost to care for opiod addicts and a number of other unspecified costs.