WATERTOWN — The Jefferson County Legislature on Tuesday failed to pass a resolution to move forward with a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to recoup the costs of prescription drug abuse, overdose and addiction. A number of counties across the state have brought similar suits already, but — at least for now — Jefferson will not be among them.

The resolution had been controversial in committee, with some legislators feeling that the manufacturers were the wrong target for a lawsuit while others felt they had been willfully negligent. The final vote was 7 ayes and 4 no votes, not enough to reach the eight-vote majority necessary to pass a resolution in the 15-seat legislature.

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