Tuesday of this week was quite eventful for New York City.

The city itself is bringing suits against eight manufacturers of prescription opioids, stating that they are driving the epidemic that has affected NYC. Bill de Blasio, the mayor of the largest city in the U.S., states that the lawsuit is seeking $500 million in damages in order to fight the continuing opioid problem.
The companies and manufacturers being sued are:

  • Allergan Plc
  • AmerisourceBergen Corp
  • Cardinal Health Inc.
  • Endo International Plc
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • McKesson Corp
  • Purdue Pharma LP
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

The state court complaint filing pointed fingers at these manufacturers for misleading consumers that opioids, which includes medical painkillers, were safe in treating prolonged pain with an insignificant possibility of dependence.
The city is saying that manufacturers of these dangerous products are intentionally oversupplying and not reporting suspicious prescription refills which subsidizes a portion of the black market.
Which is now the result of 42,249 deaths in the United States within one year alone (2016).