"More New Yorkers have died from opioid overdoses than vehicle crashes and homicides combined in recent years".
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that the city filed a lawsuit against a number of manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids "to account for their part in the city's ongoing deadly opioid epidemic".
Consequently, via mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC is holding the distributing companies at fault for afflicting more than 1,100 opioid-induced deaths in the most populous US city in 2016. New York City alone has spent millions on healthcare, law enforcement, and treatment programs directly linked to opioid addiction.
"More New Yorkers have died from opioid overdoses than auto crashes and homicides combined in recent years".
Almost 20 percent of opioid overdose deaths in NY happen as a result of prescription opioids.
Over a dozen drug manufacturers and distributors are named in the multi-million dollar lawsuit, including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.
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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"Big Pharma helped to fuel this epidemic by deceptively peddling these unsafe drugs and hooking millions of Americans in exchange for profit", Mayor de Blasio said in a statement about the suits filed in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday. "It's time for Big Pharma to pay for what they've done".
The mayor's office has promised that any damages awarded to the city through the lawsuit will be dedicated to its fight against the opioid epidemic.
New York City is suing eight companies that make or distribute prescription opioids for their role in the ongoing opioid crisis.
Trump has likewise been critical of his hometown mayor, previously calling de Blasio a "disaster" who was doing a "horrible job".
New York City is hardly the first government to sue Big Pharma companies over the opioid epidemic.
The city has been slow to respond to the crisis, and past year Mr.de Blasio announced a plan to reduce opioid deaths through a combination of outreach, treatment and law enforcement.
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.