Bay County chooses law firm to represent the board in the battle against opioid epidemic

Published: Dec. 19, 2017 at 4:18 PM CST
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Two weeks ago, Bay County Commissioners decided to join the movement of putting an end to the opioid epidemic by filing lawsuits against manufacturers of prescription opioids.

Tuesday, the board unanimously voted on a law firm to take on that battle.

Bryant and Higby Attorneys at Law will be representing Bay County as part of the national team fighting this epidemic.

District Four Commissioner Guy Tunnell says it's the same firm that Panama City has chosen and it seems to be the best fit for a variety of reasons.

"One firm, one local representative of the team that's fighting this thing nationally was far and away much more prepared, much stronger. They've incorporated a couple of expert witnesses in the form of a couple of high, very high level former DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] administrators that knew this issue from the get-go," Bay County Commissioner Guy Tunnell said.

Tunnell says it's all in an effort to reduce the amount of drugs in our area and also save some taxpayer dollars.