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Cobb County joins national opioid lawsuit

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One metro Atlanta community is taking action to fight the nationwide opioid epidemic. 

It's the sound of hope.

At The Zone in Marietta, they receive more than 3,000 visits to their long term recovery center. Everyone there has the same goal of overcoming opioid addiction.

"It's just a safe and sober place for people to come and remain in recovery," said Missy Owen, Davis Direction Foundation CEO.

Owen lost her son David to a heroin overdose.

He was 20-years-old. Now she's helping others and Cobb County is helping too.

"The return for the county is the ability to find out how the county is going to work with Missy and The Zone," said Commissioner Bob Ott.

He also adds that Cobb County has joined a national opioid lawsuit against pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, as well as going after the drug makers.

"These manufacturers knew that it was addictive. They knew it was mind altering and they pushed it and advertised with doctors anyway," said Ott.

"Being able to be a part of the lawsuit is great for us because Cobb County is a nationwide model for building communities of recovery, and that's what we're doing. We're joining a fight that helps communities," said Owen.

County leaders said there was no up front cost to join the lawsuit and they are seeking damages to offset the financial impact of the epidemic to first responders and public health programs.

The county has seen a massive spike in overdose deaths during the past three years and now they're trying to do something about it.

"Davis was 20-years-old when he died and if there had only been a place like The Zone and we had been a couple years ahead of what we have done as a community to address the problems of opioid addiction and the opioid epidemic, I know he would still be here."

Commissioner Ott said the county was recruited to join the lawsuit and said any damages it might win would be put towards programs to confront the epidemic. 

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