MONTICELLO – Attorney General Letitia James participated in the dedication Thursday of a mobile health service, which will provide substance abuse prevention services in Sullivan County.
And James started her speech at the county government center by blaming the opioid crisis on corporate greed.
“Big Pharma pushed the poison and highly addictive drugs for profit, and the result is that we lost a countless number of individuals across the state of New York,” she said. “Over that past two decades around three quarters of a million Americans have lost their lives.”
Sullivan County has been one of the hardest hit counties in the state by opioid deaths and overdoses, and James said money is coming to the county to help combat this problem.
A lawsuit was filed in 2019 against opioid makers by the state, and $1.5 billion is coming to the state with $1.7 million earmarked for Sullivan County.