The counsel argued the opioid epidemic is a strain on the county, with an increase in arrests, people in jail and in drug treatment, as well as children being placed in foster homes.
"It really does touch almost every aspect of the community, and it's quite costly for the county to be providing these extra services that are caused by the opioid crisis," said David Hemery with the Brown County Corporation Counsel.
Named in previous complaints are Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Endo Health Solutions, Inc. and subsidiaries of the companies. Previous lawsuits accuse the manufacturers of misleading the public about the safety of opioid-based drugs.
All have denied the allegations in the Wisconsin lawsuits and others across the country.
The lawsuits seek unspecified monetary damages from the companies.
The Brown County Corporation Counsel must clear two more committees before taking their request to sue to the full county board on December 13.