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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Holding Big Pharma Accountable for the Opioid Crisis

February 21, 2018

Every day, more than 115 Americans die from overdosing on opioid drugs. In the past two decades, Portland, like the rest of the country, has seen a dramatic increase in opioid use, addiction, and overdose deaths.

Today, Nick was proud to join his Council colleagues in directing the City Attorney to take legal action against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid drugs.

The lawsuit has two goals.

First, it will help us recover some of the costs Portland has spent on fighting this crisis in our community.

Second, it makes a statement as we join communities across the country calling for accountability from Big Pharma.

Special thanks to former Commissioner Steve Novick, who shared the story of his brother’s death from opioids, and the City Attorney’s Office for their work on this important issue.

You can read Nick's statement during the vote here.


Opioid Resolution


Commissioner Fish's Statement


City Council Joint Press Release


Portland to Sue Opioid Companies for Costs of Local Havoc

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland Plans to File Suit Against Drug Companies for Role in City's Opioid Crisis



City of Portland Announces it Will Sue Drug Industry Over Opioid Crisis

Elizabeth Hayes in the Portland Business Journal


Additional PNW Governments Vote To Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Kristian Foden-Vencil and Molly Solomon in OPB News