On May 8, 2018, Carbon County filed a 72-page complaint in US District Court naming more than fifteen opiate manufacturers and distributors across the country for alleged misrepresentation about the addictive properties of opiate medications.

On August 10, 2017, President Trump declared the opiate epidemic a National Emergency. 

According to the Center for Disease Control

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Experts are urging the president to declare a state of emergency due to the severity of the national opioid epidemic.

President Trump campaigned on a promise of stopping the nation-wide crisis, which killed 33,000 people in 2015 alone. More Americans are addicted to painkillers and heroin than tobacco, a