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Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy Files Federal Litigation Against National Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Posted: Friday, January 5, 2018 10:15 AM

This morning Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy filed federal litigation against national pharmaceutical manufacturers for their role in creating the opioid crisis affecting Albany County and our nation. County Executive McCoy was joined by Elizabeth Smith from the nationally respected law firm Motley Rice. The purpose of this action is to hold these companies accountable for their role in deceptive tactics that have resulted in addiction, overdoses and deaths.

"One of the biggest crisis affecting our community is the ongoing opioid and heroin epidemics. It is unacceptable that our families, friends and communities continue to experience devastating heartbreak over the loss of life, just so these pharmaceutical companies can get rich. Today's litigation puts these companies on notice that Albany County will not tolerate their actions anymore. Combined with our efforts of my Opioid Task Force and Project Orange, I am determined to utilize all possible resources, because one more death to opioids or heroin is one death too many," said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy.

In 2014, opioids as a class generated $11 billion in revenue for the pharmaceutical companies. This is a direct result of the deceptive marketing from these companies, resulting in over-prescribing. 

In 2016 alone, Albany County had 11 heroin related deaths, 8 deaths from opioid pain reliever overdoses, and nearly 1,200 unique clients admitted to treatment programs for heroin and other opioids.

County of Albany, NY v. Purdue Pharma LP et al Filed Complaint [PDF]

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