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The entrance to the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point.

Doug Ross, The Times

CROWN POINT — The Lake County Board of Commissioners is suing 10 opioid manufacturers and distributors.

County officials have joined the cities of Hammond and Indianapolis, which also have filed litigation alleging the pain-killing drugs are creating an unnecessary burden on local government and taxpayers to treat those who have become addicted.

The suit alleges opioid overdoses claimed the lives of 114 Lake residents last year and that the number has been increasing since 2012.

The suit alleges Purdue Pharma, Cephalon Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Noramco Inc., Endo Pharmaceuticals, Mallinckrodt PLC, Allergan PLC and Watson Pharmaceuticals didn't properly warn the public of the drug's dangers.

Lake County Commissioner President Mike Repay, D-Hammond, said Wednesday the county hopes to recover millions of tax dollars spent to treat drug addicts in the county jail.

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Lake County reporter

Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.