Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Westchester joins lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

WHITE PLAINS – Lawyers for Westchester County Government filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against manufacturers and distributors of opioids. To date, 60 of the 62 counties in the state have taken similar actions in the belief that the opioid epidemic has been fueled by manufacturers misleading the public about the dangers of their drugs.

County Executive George Latimer said the drug scourge impacts the community in many ways.

“This epidemic has represented not only the loss of life, but the cost of taxpayers and others that have to offset the treatment, the public education, t he law enforcement efforts that have to go above and beyond in order to fight this,” Latimer said.

Stephanie Marquesano is the founder and president of The Harris Project, named for her 19-year-old son who died by an accidental opioid overdose in 2013.

“As an advocate and someone who is truly living a nightmare, the silver lining for me is that I live in Westchester County where there is much support for turning the tide on this epidemic and changing outcomes through innovative solutions,” Marquesano said.

County Attorney John Nonna said the county believes that “the manufacturers, marketers and promoters of these drugs have misled us as to the addictive power of these drugs in their negligent marketing and misleading promotion of them.” He said they “should, and will be, held accountable for this conduct.”

 


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