The Board of Works passed a resolution Tuesday morning that would accept the bankruptcy of a pharmaceutical company that pushed opioids as medical treatment.

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals filed for bankruptcy in 2020 after more than 3,000 lawsuits came about claiming they were irresponsibly pushing doctors to prescribe opioid medications. These lawsuits come from all 50 states.

Mallinckrodt created generic versions of oxycodone and hydrocodone, City Attorney Jenny Meltzer said.

“The allegations against them are they pushed those drugs stronger than they should have,” she said. “The way they pushed them onto doctors was negligent and irresponsible.”

Mallinckrodt submitted a restructuring plan in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which will place $1.6 billion into a fund that will be divided among the states for local governments to use to abate the opioid crisis.

By passing this resolution, the city will be able to receive some of this funding.

Other business

In other business the Board of Works approved for Capone’s Downtown Speakeasy to temporarily use two parking spaces on North Harrison Street for a food truck on Sept. 24.

The spaces will be closed from 4-10 p.m. This is a private event that CoreVision Financial Group is hosting for its customers at Capone’s, so the food truck will not be open to the public.

Mayor Tom DeBaun called the event “a small test run” of what types of events the new Public Square layout will allow and encourage.

Last, the board issued an order to appear for the owners of 132 E. Mechanic Street. Plan Director Adam Rude said this is a nuisance property.

This particular property is a rental, and the board commented they are unfamiliar with the company renting it out.

Three previous orders to appear that were scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting were resolved prior to the meeting.