(Poughkeepsie, NY)--The City of Poughkeepsie is the latest municipality to sue opioid distributors and manufacturers. The city accuses companies of “waging a deceptive marketing campaign designed to intentionally mislead doctors and the public about the dangers of the highly addictive drugs.” The lawsuit names several manufacturers and distributors including Purdue Pharma, the Rochester Drug Cooperative, Johnson & Johnson and many others.
Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison says the city will not sit idly by while people are suffering.The lawsuit was filed in Dutchess County Supreme Court. Poughkeepsie is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the money it spends combating the opioid crisis.
Purdue earlier put out a statement denying "the allegations contained in litigation against the company." Drug companies have also passed the blame onto federal regulators who approved the opioids.