ALBANY – Acting New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Wednesday her office is preparing a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for its alleged deception and reckless disregard for the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers.
Underwood alleges that Purdue profited by deliberately exploiting New Yorkers’ addictions and by pushing healthcare providers to increase patients’ use and dependence on these potentially fatal drugs.
“In addition to our impending lawsuit against Purdue, our office will continue to lead the multi-state investigation of opioid manufacturers and distributors across the country,” Underwood said. “We are committed to holding opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for the damage they’ve wrought on New York’s towns, communities, and families.”
In September 2017, the New York Attorney General’s office and a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general announced a nationwide investigation into major opioid manufacturers and distributors.