NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–The city of New Haven is filing a lawsuit against the nation’s leading manufacturers and distributors of opioids. The suit seeks compensation for the costs incurred by the opioid crisis.
This includes the burden placed upon police, social services, and first responders. Last year, 70 people died in New Haven from opioid related deaths, the second-highest total of any city in Connecticut.
New Haven is suing Purdue Pharma, among other major opioid manufacturers, for “deceptive marketing,” which the city is blaming in part for the burgeoning opioid crisis.
“This plague that has been visited on this city and on countless other towns and cities and their citizens must be forcefully defended so that lives are saved and families are protected against the heartbreak caused by opioid addiction,” John Rose Jr., corporation counsel for the city, said in a statement.
Nine U.S. states: Alaska, New Jersey, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Washington, have also sued Purdue Pharma.