NYC Seeking $500M From Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors

Jan 23, 2018

De Blasio believes the lawsuit will contribute to pharmaceutical companies changing their practices when promoting opioids.

  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says it’s time to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the opioid epidemic.

“Those who created the problem have to feel the consequences, change their ways and finally address the damage they have done.  The suit targets seven manufacturers and three distributors who are most responsible for creating this crisis.”

He says they deceived the public, while putting lives at risk, all for the sake of profits.

“A playbook that they had already seen the big tobacco companies use.  They ignored all of the scientific evidence that made clear their product was lethal.”

De Blasio is confident the city will prevail in its lawsuit, and already has plans for the money.

“To stop so many more people from becoming addicted.”

More people died by overdose in New York City last year than by homicide and traffic fatalities combined.