Officials in the city of Plattsburgh have joined a growing list of communities planning to sue drug companies over the opioid crisis.
A somewhat harmless article appeared on Wednesday's Plattsburgh Common Council agenda. It states, "FIXED: Under the motion, the Common Council authorizes the mayor to sign the Boyajian Retainer Agreement for opioid litigation." In front of the councilors, Mayor Colin Read briefly approved the measure. "We'll see if we can protect people who've been harmed by the opioid problem with opioids as a result of the over-supply of manufacturers and providers."
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The lawsuit signed by the city is coordinated by the Albany law firm Dreyer Boyajian: The founding partner Donald Bojajian says lawsuits are filed across the nation States to counties to cities and even towns and villages understand the fact that they have some rights to try to recoup some of the costs they have lost as a result of the epidemic.
Boyajian notes that the effort is more centralized action rather than a class action lawsuit
Mayor Read says there is no cost to the city. "We work together to try recoup some of the costs that we claim are too flimsy a system for the production and distribution of analgesic drugs to the point where in some communities the number of prescriptions exceeds the number of citizens. So there is really an imbalance and some disagreements. "
Boyajian explains that when the resolution is passed, the city submits an analysis to understand the costs of responding to the opioid crisis." This is a real problem in virtually every community as there is more and more EMS – and first responders who respond to overdoses and other problems. It therefore includes costs for the police and for the fire and for the medicines that are administered. Cities with medical examiners have costs. Cities that have public hospitals do not have costs, Plattsburgh does not, but the whole idea is that these increased costs are really at least partially borne by and, as we believe, people who are really responsible for this epidemic, and hold them to account need for some of these costs.
In early March, the executive director of the New York State Council of Counties Stephen Acquario was in a panel discussion at the Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties in Washington on opioid litigation. "According to the National Group, several states and more than 100 counties have 2017 Lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors As some cities, towns and villages now join the lawsuit, Acquario said that almost all New York counties have already joined the process. "We provide the most services to the most needy and the general public. Criminal justice, forensics costs, toxicology lab costs, police services, mental health, addiction counseling, drug abuse, foster care and, of course, legal fees, prosecution, parole. There are many associated costs associated with this and we will aggressively prosecute these damages through litigation.
The lawsuits are not directed against individual doctors.