NYC Sues Huge Pharma for $500M Over Opioid Disaster

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De Blasio was scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting on Wednesday afternoon and subsequently meet with Trump and other mayors to discuss infrastructure funding. "It needs a national solution". Purdue Pharma, Teva, Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen, Endo, Allergan, Watson and various subsidiaries were all manufacturers named in the lawsuit. "And this just proves, once again, that they're not trying to work with American cities", de Blasio said.

In its lawsuit, the city blamed the opioid crisis on deceptive marketing by drug manufacturers and the "flooding" of prescription painkillers by pharmaceutical distributors.

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New York City is suing eight companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, accusing them of fueling a deadly and nationwide epidemic of overdoses.

A City Hall news release said that more than 1,000 people died past year in New York City from a drug overdose involving an opioid, which was more than the combined deaths from auto accidents and homicides in New York.

The lawsuit charges these companies and others with being a 'public nuisance, ' acted negligently in their distribution of opioids and 'were unjustly enriched at the City's expense'.

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Tuesday's filing follows a suit the city leveled against oil companies, similarly accusing them of contributing to climate change, which the mayor announced on January 10.

The opioid crisis was caused by the deceptive marketing of drugmakers, and by distributors bringing large amounts of prescription painkillers into the NY market, according to the complaint.

First Lady Chirlane McCray, who leads the city's mental health and substance abuse efforts, said that through the lawsuit, the city "demands transparency and accountability from the nation's largest opioid manufacturers and distributors who have profited from people's pain".

Kennedy applauded de Blasio's proactive approach and pointed out that 'Congress only appropriated $500 million this year to fight the opioid crisis.

De Blasio said he told Trump at the time that he was representing the people's' views on immigration, stop-and-frisk, and income inequality.

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