New York City Joins Opioid Manufacturers Suit

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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". "The big pharmaceutical companies".

US biggest city New York City (NYC) on Tuesday sued big drug companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, blaming them for their part in the City's ongoing deadly opioid epidemic.

It alleges that manufacturers misrepresented the safety of the long-term use of painkillers and that distributors supplied too many opioids that enabled the pills to be sold illegally.

Moreover, each defendant are accused of creating a public nuisance, with distributors at fault for negligence.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the conference president, said in a statement that "the Trump administration's decision to threaten mayors and demonize immigrants yet again - and use cities as political props in the process - has made this meeting untenable". The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that in 2016, 116 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses, while 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids and more than 17,000 deaths were attributed to overdosing on commonly prescribed opioids.

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A City Hall news release said that more than 1,000 people died previous year in New York City from a drug overdose involving an opioid, which was more than the combined deaths from vehicle accidents and homicides in New York. The city needs to be able to collect all of its property taxes to pay for its $86 billion annual budget, which includes funding for law enforcement, universal pre-kindergarten and addressing the opioid crisis, he said.

Last year, the city launched HealingNYC, a $38 million initiative to tackle the epidemic.

"They have families and friends... they have goals and dreams", she said.

Almost 20 percent of opioid overdose deaths in NY happen as a result of prescription opioids. A lawsuit filed by Oklahoma is expected to go to trial later this year. And fortunately, we have many tools at our disposal. "We have policy. We have people lifting their voices, and we have data to guide us". Rates of drug overdose deaths in the city more than doubled between 2010 and 2016, increasing from 8.2 per 100,000 residents in 2010 to 19.9 per 100,000 residents in 2016. "It's time that they are held accountable".

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