This week, I filed legal action against some of the largest opioid manufacturers and distributors in our nation for their role in the national opioid crisis claiming lives in our state.
Nationally, an estimated 175 people overdose and die every day after taking an opioid. In Florida, 15 people a day are dying from opioid abuse. If we continue on this tragic path, it is hard to imagine a Florida family that will not be impacted by this crisis.
Our suit seeks damages for the pain and suffering caused by the deceptive practices of major manufacturers and distributors. The complaint also seeks to stop the defendants conduct so a crisis like this will never harm Florida again. While we cannot put a monetary value on the loss of life, or the amount of grief this crisis has caused thousands of Florida families, we can ask these companies to do the right thing.
As a former state prosecutor and Florida’s Attorney General, I have spent my entire career fighting drug abuse to try and save lives. This crisis is the worst I have ever seen and it spans far beyond Florida. While our litigation is focused on the damages to Florida and our state’s interests, these defendants’ role in this crisis has caused pain and suffering throughout our country.
From my first day as a Hillsborough County prosecutor more than 20 years ago, till my last day as your Attorney General, I have done and will do everything I can to ensure justice is served and the innocent are protected.
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On June 12, 2016, Lieutenant Scott Smith was one of the Watch Commanders during the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando. This incident would become the second deadliest mass shooting in our country’s history. Lieutenant Smith organized and led a team into the nightclub. Lieutenant Smith shot at the suspect inside the building, allowing responding officers to rescue patrons and employees still inside the club.
Lieutenant Smith played a critical role during the law enforcement response to the Pulse nightclub attack. He commanded the initial tactical response as a first responder. He led officers into the building, confronting the active shooter with return fire, limiting the shooter’s access to further victims. SWAT team members, including Lieutenant Smith, returned fire, killing the suspect. During a dangerous situation, Lieutenant Smith displayed commendable acts of valor and heroism. More.
Attorney General Bondi speaking with Fox & Friends anchor Abby Huntsman about holding major opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for their role in the national opioid crisis.
Attorney General Bondi celebrating Peace Officers Memorial Day. On Peace Officer Memorial Day, we honor our brave law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or suffered disabling injuries.