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Gallatin County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to join a federal lawsuit with Cascade County against several pharmaceutical companies that produce opioid painkillers, alleging the companies downplayed the risks of serious addiction to the drugs.

The two counties are asking a federal judge to rule that the pharmaceutical companies pay for unspecified damages that the companies may have caused in the county due to opioid prescribed painkillers. They are also asking that pharmaceutical companies stop misleading advertising and violating state law.

Commissioners said if the county prevails in the case, the money would be used for the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction.

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Freddy Monares can be reached at 406-582-2630, or by email at fmonares@dailychronicle.com.

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