New York mayor sues Pharma over Opioid addiction epidemic
There is no doubt that opioid pain-killers play a significant role in the raging Opioid addiction epidemic that we are currently experiencing.
We hear daily heart-breaking stories about ruined lives of friends and families due to the Opioid addiction. Cities have spent millions of dollars on programs trying to save lives and prevent tragedies.
One of the examples is “HealingNYC”, a $38 million program to distribute naloxone, addiction treatment medications and to educate clinical staff.
But despite the efforts, it feels like the epidemic getting even worth.
Who is to blame for the Opioid addiction epidemic?
Many point the blaming finger on Big Pharma companies. In partnership with SurveyMonkey, Fortune conducted a public survey.
Of the 3,645 adults surveyed in May 2017, 19% blamed doctors, while 15% said pharmaceutical companies were responsible.
All over the media and social networks, Pharmaceutical companies are being blamed for the Opioid addiction epidemic. It is said that unethical marketing tactics had led to unnecessary prescribing regimens and eventually trouble for many people. Americans are outraged that the Big Pharma profited astronomically from the opioid epidemic without any consequence.
As the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse explains: Of those who began abusing opioids in the 2000s, 75 percent reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug (Cicero et al., 2014). Examining national-level general population heroin data (including those in and not in treatment), nearly 80 percent of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin (Jones, 2013; Muhuri et al., 2013)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sues Big Pharma
As the Daily Mail reports, “Mayor Bill de Blasio is suing over a dozen pharma companies for their role in the massive wave of addiction striking the city. Along with seeking to reclaim the $500 million spent by the city combating the epidemic, the lawsuit calls out Big Pharma for “negligence, deceptive marketing and for being a ‘public nuisance’ by fueling the opioid epidemic.”
Mayor de Blasio noted, “More New Yorkers have died from opioid overdoses than car crashes and homicides combined in recent years. It’s time to hold the companies accountable for what they’ve done to our City, and help save more lives”.
New York City joins the list of cities and states to sue Big Pharma companies over the opioid epidemic. Montana, Washington, and others already filed lawsuits against opioid producers.