Opioids

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong
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Connecticut Attorney General William Tong joined six other attorneys general, including New York’s Letitia James, to announce a $26 billion settlement with Johnson & Johnson and three pharmaceutical distributors.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announces another settlement in the ongoing opioid trial at the court house in Central Islip on July 20, 2021. Long Island could receive over $200 million for treatment and prevention programs under the deal.
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New York has agreed to a $1.1 billion settlement with three of the nation’s largest drug distributors — Cardinal Health, McKesson and Amerisource Bergen — over claims they helped fuel the opioid epidemic.

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Suffolk County lawmakers voted unanimously on Monday to accept millions of dollars in settlements from pharmaceutical companies. They sued the drug makers for their role in the over-prescription of opioids.

OxyContin
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Opening statements began Tuesday in a landmark opioid trial against pharmaceutical companies who are being sued in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as the state of New York, to hold the drugmakers responsible for the ongoing opioid epidemic. On Long Island, the trial is the first of its kind to be heard by a jury.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at his offices in New York, Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
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A bill that would require New York State to create a locked box for funds from future opioid drug manufacturer settlements is now at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. The measure, which has bi partisan support, as well as the backing of the state’s Attorney General, Letitia James, would change Cuomo’s practice of placing the money into the state’s general budget fund.

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