WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Westchester County has filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to recover damages for the use of public resources to fight the opioid epidemic.
As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, the opioid crisis hits home for Westchester County Executive George Latimer.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Search: Video Shows Couple Questioned About Physical Altercation In Utah, Fiancé Told Police Road Trip Created 'Emotional Strain'
“My next-door neighbor’s young son — you know, 18-year-old young man, wonderful man — died two Christmases ago from opioid overdose,” Latimer said.READ MORE: De Blasio Says NYC Ready To Administer COVID Vaccine Booster Shots Once FDA Approved
The county is suing more than 30 drug manufacturers and distributors, claiming they intentionally misled the public about the dangers of pain pills like oxycodone and Percocet, and aggressively marketed them purely for profit.
Attorney Paul Napoli said the drug companies “negligently market to doctors. They changed the story about science to try to expand the number of people that were going to be their customers.”MORE NEWS: Gov. Murphy Says New Jersey Is On Path To Universal Pre-K
The county is seeking to recoup money spent on law enforcement prevention, treatment, and education on the war on opioids.