Ariana Lubelli Aug 1, 2017, 5:48 pmAug 2, 2017, 8:50 am

County exec.: Opioid crisis is costing Rockland thousands in resources, health services

In Rockland, there were 37 deaths related to opioid overdoses in 2016 and so far 15 in 2017, officials say

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Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced a pending lawsuit against manufacturers of prescription opiates for damages to the county on Tuesday.

"I have come to the conclusion that the County of Rockland, like many counties around New York and the nation, need to take legal action to recoup the damages, the cost to the county, and its residents for the opioid epidemic and seek justice from the pharmaceutical companies that caused this," said Day.

In 2016, 37 deaths related to opioid overdoses in Rockland County. In 2017, so far, 15 deaths related to opioids.

The county executive demanding the pharmaceutical companies, he called "the architects of the opioid epidemic," claim responsibility for their part in the epidemic.

A resolution has been submitted to the Rockland County legislators for a $100,000 contract authorization.

The funds will first have to be approved by legislators before Day can move forward with the suit.

The pharmaceutical companies he plans to take action against have not yet been named.

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