Ali RosenFeb 6, 2018, 4:59 pm

Latimer: Westchester sues opioid manufacturers and distributors

60 out of the 62 counties in New York have retained counsel to file similar lawsuits

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WHITE PLAINS — With 124 opioid deaths in Westchester County, within a year the county is taking a strong stand against opioids. On Tuesday, County Executive George Latimer announced a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. He says the county has spent too much money in fighting the epidemic and is now looking to recover the damages.

“This epidemic has represented not only the loss of life but the cost of taxpayer dollars,” said Latimer.

According to Latimer, the county is constantly increasing the budget to tackle the epidemic. Now, the county is taking legal action against the manufacturers and distributors of these dangerous drugs and suing for damages.

Sixty out of the 62 counties in New York have retained counsel to file similar lawsuits, as these municipalities believe the drug companies and distributors are intentionally misleading the public of the dangers associated with opioid use in order to profit.

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