Settlement money won't restore Ohio city upended by opioids

In this Sept. 11, 2019, photo, Barberton police detective Dan Simpson talks about the the loss of his daughter to an opioid overdose while in his office at the department headquarters in Barberton, Ohio. For public officials in Akron and countless other communities across the country, no amount of money will restore the neighborhoods, families and institutions that were upended by prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl. (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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