Dothan wants its share of money likely coming because of a drug epidemic

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Dothan is joining other local governments in lawsuits seeking its share of a likely financial settlement with opioid manufacturers.

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They allege aggressive and potentially deceptive marketing practices by giant drug makers created a national epidemic.

President Trump estimates opioid abuse in 2015 cost Americans $504 billion, more than six times the previous estimate.

The White House says healthcare, criminal justice and lost job productivity costs are most affected.

"Opioid addiction seems to affect all age groups, this isn't just young people anymore,” said District 5 commissioner Beth Kenward. “These are senior citizens, moms and dads- it's a very slippery slope. It is a growing problem, and we are seeing some of the fall out in Dothan."

Drug maker Purdue Pharma that produces OxyContin is already negotiating a settlement. Dothan will use the Beasley Allen law firm in Montgomery to seek a settlement.