Scott Wagner, Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor, speaks during a candidate’s forum at the Manufacturer & Business Association in Erie on Aug. 28, 2018. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News/AP)
YORK — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner says he’d sue the makers of prescription painkillers to recoup Pennsylvania’s cost of dealing with opioid-related addiction.
Wagner made the announcement Wednesday as part of a plan to attack what he says is a worsening problem.
Last year, Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, and 40 other state attorneys general said they had served subpoenas requesting information from companies that make prescription painkillers and demanded information from three distributors.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s campaign says the Democrat supports Shapiro’s efforts.
A federal judge in Cleveland is handling more than 1,000 lawsuits against the industry. The plaintiffs are mostly local governments and Native American tribes. Hundreds of other local governments are suing in state courts across the country, while other state governments have sued in state court.