President Trump’s commission on combating the opioid epidemic and drug addiction voted on it’s final report on Wednesday.

The meeting comes more than a week after President Trump declared a public health emergency to fight the opioid crisis. The panel created a list of over 50 recommendations that touch on a variety of federal, state and local agencies including knocking down barriers of treatment and expanding federal drug courts.

Fighting the opioid epidemic was a key talking point during Trump’s presidential campaign. The CDC says the number of American deaths involving opioids has quadrupled since 1999.

Here in McLennan County the epidemic is a reason behind a lawsuit filed by the County Commissioners against about 20 companies.

“The claims against them are for not telling the truth about the addiction nature of the drugs as well as the harms and hazards that they could cause,” said Matt Morrison, attorney at Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison Jones Law Firm.

Matt Morrison and Zollie Steakley with Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison Jones Law Firm are partnering with the Haley and Olson Law Firm to hold those companies accountable.

“The county needs to be compensated for the money that it spent for a variety of programs,” said Morrison.

Right now the attorneys are trying to determine just how much money to ask for in damages.

“We’ll work with other experts in the field and industry to help us determine the actual cost, so we don’t really know. We think it will be substantial though,” said Zollie Steakley, attorney at Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison Jones Law Firm.

The firms are expected to receive a third of any settlement against the pharmaceutical companies.

“McLennan county has stepped up and the commissioners court has stepped up under the leadership of Scott Felton to do their part to try to make a change to try to change this and address it and make a difference,” said Steakley.

In fact, the CDC says in 2015 there were 77 opioid prescriptions for every 100 people in the county. That is much higher than the state and national averages. Drug-related deaths in McLennan County also exceed the state average.

“It’s important that everyone receive justice and that the manufacturers are held accountable,” said Steakley.

The lawsuit could take years to even get to trial and after that it could see many appeals.