The lawsuit claims opioid addiction has led to a surge in kids with learning disabilities, as a result of being exposed to drugs while in the womb.
KENTUCKY, USA — Public schools across Kentucky are banding together in a new lawsuit. They’re suing a major company over the opioid epidemic. School districts claim the company's role in the epidemic has led to costs they shouldn’t be responsible for.
“I have a lot of students who are being raised by grandparents, even great-grandparents," said Pam Elkins, an 8th-grade teacher at South Laurel Middle School.
Elkins said about 15% of her students have special needs. Many of them lack support where they need it most.
“They’re not getting the help that they need at home," she said.
She said many of their parents are addicted to opioids.
“And they tell me, well you know I live with my grandparents because my mom …