New York City sues drug companies over opioid epidemic

Mayor de Blasio attends the ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 22 2018

Mayor de Blasio attends the ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 22 2018

Under that initiative, the city's health department has distributed more than 60,000 naloxone kits to opioid overdose prevention programs.

De Blasio is confident the city will prevail in its lawsuit, and already has plans for the money. Just as with the oil giants, the mayor compared the opioid industry with tobacco peddlers, claiming it knowingly propagated a risky and addictive product while misleading the public about the risks. "It's time for hold the companies accountable for what they've done to our City, and help save more lives". "To deal with the lifetime needs of those who have been addicted, the cost is staggering".

The pharmaceutical companies have thus far denied the claims in statements.

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New York City, whose population is about 8.54 million, joined a long list of U.S. states and municipalities to sue drug companies over opioid abuse, which U.S. President Donald Trump has called a national public health emergency. His office did not immediately respond to an inquiry over how it calculated that figure.

That is a major issue in New York City and the Tri-State Area given the area's transit problems and aging roads and bridges.

New York City on Tuesday sued eight companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, blaming them for fueling a deadly epidemic afflicting the most populous USA city.

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Endo said in a statement that, "It is Endo's policy not to comment on current litigation". "That would be in the interest of everyone, including the city of NY".

"Through deceptive marketing practices, they attempted to persuade-that is, the pharmaceutical industry-both doctors and the general patient community that risk could be managed", said Carter.

"Every single death from opioids is a preventable death", Palacio said.

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"We are deeply troubled by the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis, and are dedicated to being part of the solution". It's the place where so many great American standards were written, it's the place where Carole King and Sonny Rollins and Jay-Z became legends.

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