Apr 24, 2018 - Health

Miami joins national opioids lawsuit

A pill bottle with OxyContin tablets.

OxyContin pills have been a source of the opioid epidemic. Photo: Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The populous Miami-Dade County has joined the hundreds of other cities, counties and Native American tribes that are suing opioid manufacturers and drug distributors over their roles in the country's opioid epidemic.

What's next: All of these lawsuits have been consolidated before a federal judge in Cleveland, Dan Polster. He previously said he hopes to strike a settlement before the case begins, and the U.S. Department of Justice wants to help with those discussions.

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