Tag: opioid crisis
Not long after several drug manufacturers and pharmacy chains agreed to pay multimillion-dollar settlements to resolve lawsuits holding Big Pharma accountable for its role in the opioid epidemic, a rash of fatal overdoses on Long Island underscored that the fight is far from over.
Officials from Nassau and Suffolk counties joined together in a news conference on Tuesday to announce yet another settlement in the ongoing litigation with pharmaceutical companies over their roles in the opioid crisis on Long Island.
Pharmacy operators Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, CVS Health Corp, Rite Aid Corp, and Walmart Inc have agreed to pay a combined $26 million to settle claims by Nassau and Suffolk counties that they fueled an opioid addiction epidemic.
Suffolk is suing the companies alongside neighboring Nassau County and New York Attorney General Letitia James. The trial in Central Islip marks the first time governments' claims over the nationwide opioid crisis have gone before a jury.
A review of emails, memos, depositions, legal motions and other documents unsealed late on Friday in Purdue's bankruptcy proceedings show Sackler family members discussed potential litigation exposure at least as early as 2007.
The UJA-Federation of New York hosted the Long Island Legislative Reception at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills to recognize local officials who have been combating the opioid crisis.