Westchester County Sues Drug Makers Over Opioid Crisis

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Westchester County Executive George Latimer’s next-door neighbor’s son died of an opioid overdose. Latimer says it impacted him greatly.

Now, Westchester County has filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to recover damages for the use of public resources to fight the opioid epidemic.

The county is suing more than 30 drug manufacturers and distributors, claiming they intentionally misled the public about the dangers of pain pills like oxycodone and Percocet, and aggressively marketed them purely for profit.

WCBS reports Attorney Paul Napoli said the drug companies “negligently market to doctors. They changed the story about science to try to expand the number of people that were going to be their customers.”

The county is seeking to recoup money spent on law enforcement prevention, treatment, and education on the dangers of the drugs.

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