Gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Rep Gwen Graham announced Tuesday that as governor, she would urge the state attorney general to sue pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid crisis.
“The current state government is failing to do all it can to address [the opioid crisis] — in this case, holding the powerful prescription drug companies accountable for their role in creating this crisis,” Graham said in a release.
Graham’s statement came on the same day that Gov. Rick Scott announced support for new initiatives aimed at addressing the epidemic.
Read Graham’s entire announcement below:
On an addiction-treatment Workday in Boca Raton, Democrat Gwen Graham called on Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi to sue pharmaceutical companies for their role in fueling Florida’s opioid crisis and she pledged to take them on as governor if the current administration didn’t act.
“There’s a crisis all across Florida, impacting Floridians rich and poor, young and old. It’s a public health crisis, it’s a family crisis, it’s a human crisis, it’s even an economic crisis. And the current state government is failing to do all it can to address it — in this case, holding the powerful prescription drug companies accountable for their role in creating this crisis,” Graham said.
Oklahoma, Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri and New Hampshire have already taken action to sue pharmaceutical companies for fueling the opioid crisis, showing once again how one-party rule in Florida has harmed our state as Republican leaders have ceded consumer protection to other states.
“Florida should be leading the nation in holding pharmaceutical companies accountable, just as Lawton Chiles took on the tobacco companies,” Graham said. In the 1990s, Florida led the country in suing Tobacco companies.
The settlement reached is still used today to fund anti-smoking programs, like Tobacco Free Florida. As a result of those programs, Florida’s adult smoking rate is about 15 percent, an all-time low.