The city of Worcester, Massachusetts filed a lawsuit on July 30 against opioid manufacturers and distributors
The lawsuit seeks to “hold opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for the substantial damages the City has suffered, and will continue to suffer as it deals with the opioid epidemic.”
The eight companies listed in the complaint are Purdue Pharma, Janssen, Endo, Actavis, Mallinckrodt, Teva, Collegium and Insys.
The suit alleges that drug companies “placed profits above the health and well-being of their customers” and used “unethical” and “unlawful” tactics to distribute opioids. The city claims this created an addiction problem amongst the population, forcing many to turn to the black market for heroin.
Worcester has incurred increased costs due to the need for more first responders, Narcan training, and addiction programs.
We’ve tirelessly undertaken outreach initiatives designed to combat the opioid crisis
“We’ve tirelessly undertaken outreach initiatives designed to combat the opioid crisis created by the defendants’ unlawful conduct,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus. “The City is seeking damages, not just to be reimbursed for its expenses, but also to halt the unlawful practices and find a way to end the opioid-heroin connection that has cost so many lives and created so much hardship.”