New York State yesterday (March 28) joined a growing list of state and local governments suing the billionaire family behind the opioid medication, OxyContin.
Attorney General Letitia James alleges that the accused parties sparked the nation’s opioid crisis by putting hunger for profits over patient safety. From her official release:
The lawsuit alleges that through years of false and deceptive marketing, and by ignoring their duties to prevent the unlawful diversion of controlled substances, these six national prescription opioid manufacturers, the Sackler Family, and four national prescription drug distributors are largely responsible for creating the opioid epidemic that has ravaged New York, causing widespread addiction, overdose deaths, and suffering.
The comprehensive lawsuit seeks penalties and damages that could add up to tens of millions of dollars and a dedicated fund to curb the opioid epidemic.
It also seeks to have the companies stripped of their licenses and barred from marketing and distributing painkillers in New York until they abide by strict regulations.
New York State averages nine opioid-related deaths per day.