County to sue opioid manufacturers, distributors

Used hypodermic needles are mixed in with trash in Kailua-Kona. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Needles found at Hilo’s Bayfront Park. (Courtesy photo/HAWAII COUNTY OFFICE OF THE MAYOR)

HILO — Hawaii County has jumped into a multi-state class action lawsuit against Big Pharma manufacturers and distributors, seeking compensation for opioid addiction and overdoses on the island.