The Latest: Newspapers consider appealing opioid data ruling
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Latest on a judge’s decision not to make federal opioid data subject to public records requests (all times local):
Two newspapers are considering appealing a judge’s decision not to grant their requests for records on how prescription opioids were distributed.
The Washington Post and The Charleston Gazette-Mail of West Virginia had asked a federal judge in Cleveland to allow local governments to make the records public.
Judge Dan Polster ruled Thursday the data can be used to prepare for trial and for law enforcement purposes but cannot be disclosed to the public.
The Drug Enforcement Agency is providing the data to help with lawsuits by hundreds of state and local governments against companies that make, distribute and sell the drugs, which are at the center of a nationwide overdose and addiction crisis. The companies are fighting the lawsuits.
Washington Post lawyer Karen Lefton says the ruling doesn’t help families of victims.