Settlement money won't restore Ohio city upended by opioids

In this Sept. 11, 2019, photo, Akron fire medic Paul Drouhard shows a box containing naloxone that is carried in all the department’s emergency vehicles. The drug commonly called Narcan is used primarily to treat narcotic overdoses. The tentative settlement involving the opioid crisis and the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, could mean that thousands of local governments will one day be paid back for some of the costs of responding to the epidemic. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Public officials in Akron, Ohio, say no amount of money will restore the families and institutions that have been upended by the opioid crisis

AKRON, Ohio — Public officials in Akron, Ohio, say no amount of money will restore the families and institutions that have been upended by the opioid crisis.

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma struck a proposed deal Wednesday with about half the states and thousands of local governments over its role in the epidemic. That could mean that public agencies will one day be paid back for the cost of responding to the crisis.

Akron was hit hard by overdose deaths. Some people say it will never be the same. Fire Chief Clarence Tucker says he sometimes felt as if his community was under attack.

Hundreds of deaths shattered families, orphaned children, exhausted first responders and drained public resources. At one point, city officials needed a mobile morgue to house all the corpses.

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