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Nine Region 8 Counties Now Involved in Lawsuit Against Ephedrine Makers

BATESVILLE, AR - A lawsuit that began three months ago in Independence County has expanded to 16 other counties, including nine in Region 8, as officials in Arkansas take on manufacturers and distributors of medicines containing ephedrine.

According to supporters, the lawsuit's purpose is to help recoup law enforcement interdiction costs, incarceration costs and treatment and family service costs.  Ephedrine is a prime ingredient used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

"We are pleased that the quorum court members in these counties recognize the damage done to their communities, and all Arkansans, by these drug manufacturers," said Independence County Judge Bill Hicks.

The suit also claims that drug companies opposed laws that would have placed their products behind the counter, making it more difficult to purchase large amounts of ephedrine.

Besides Independence, the nine Region 8 counties now involved in the lawsuit include Cross, Fulton, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Sharp, Stone and Woodruff.  Other counties include Chicot, Conway, Monroe, Nevada, Pulaski, Sevier and Union.

 

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