New York files $500 million lawsuit against drug makers

The number of lawsuits filed by governments seeking damages against pharmaceutical companies for the opioid crisis continues to grow.

New York City has filed a $500 million lawsuit, seeking to recoup money the city will spend on treatment, law enforcement and medical services. More than 1,000 people in the city died of overdoses in 2016 alone.

The lawsuit claims that drug manufacturers created a deceptive marketing campaign that resulted in a false perception that opioids were a safe way to treat chronic pain.

Some 200 local communities around the country have filed similar lawsuits. Most of them have been consolidated into a multi-district litigation.

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