ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph is opting to become part of a federal suit against prescription opioid manufacturers that could bring almost half a million dollars to Berrien County communities to reimburse the costs of dealing with addiction.

City Attorney Laurie Schmidt on Monday reported to commissioners that counties and cities across the country have sued manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of prescription opiate drugs, seeking reimbursement of money spent addressing the opioid crisis. The federal case is pending in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio.