Update: Public nuisance resolution on drugs approved by council

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Parkersburg City Council approved a resolution recognizing the unlawful distribution of prescription medication as a public nuisance.

Parkersburg is expected to join a federal lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute these pills.

The City of Parkersburg is getting more involved to combat prescription-medication abuse.

Parkersbug City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday night meeting that declares the illegal distribution of prescription drugs a public nuisance.

City Attorney Joe Santer says the resolution would precede the city's potential involvement in a federal lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute prescription medications.

According to Santer, Charleston attorney Charles “Rusty” Webb will soon be filing a lawsuit on behalf of numerous government agencies in the Mountain State, and Parkersburg is expected to be a part of that case.

The names of the companies that will be targeted have not been made public.

Santer says one goal is to "make sure entities recognize the issues and quit engaging in what we would feel is the improper or potentially illegal distribution of pain pills."

City council will be meet in regular session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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