Nassau County sues doctors and drug companies for opioid epidemic
We’ve learned that Nassau County is suing doctors and drug companies because of the overprescription of opioid medication. Prescription pain pills have been fueling addiction across Long Island for years, especially in Nassau County.
The county is planning on filing a lawsuit against 19 pharmaceutical companies and 5 Long Island doctors, alleging that the drug companies and doctors knowingly withheld the dangers and addictiveness of prescription opioids from their patients. Nassau County executives allege that prescription pain pills have created the current out-of-control heroin epidemic. Many prescription opioid addicts move on to heroin because it is a cheaper and quicker high.
Recent information released by the medical examiner reports that Nassau County lost 190 people to an opioid overdose, up from 177 in 2015. Out of those deaths, 62 have been linked to fentanyl abuse. This powerful opioid is 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, posing a new risk for Long Island drug addicts.
Long Island resources are stretched thin by the opioid epidemic, so this lawsuit could recoup some of the costs for its drug rehab programs, Narcan training, and law enforcement overtime. The lawsuit also asks for additional funding for drug treatment and more police officers to help deal with the heroin crisis. If the lawsuit is successful, this could significantly help in addressing opioid addiction in Nassau County.
Doctors and drug companies are partly to blame for the increase in opioid misuse and abuse which can lead to monetary compensation for Nassau County because of this new lawsuit.
As the heroin epidemic and opioid addiction in Nassau County continue to affect our communities, it’s important to find the right addiction treatment programs for those that are affected. Long Island Interventions provides placement in drug rehab centers across Long Island and out-of-state.
Many people who develop a substance use disorder find it very difficult to stop using without professional help. If you or a loved one are looking for a detox, inpatient rehab, intervention, or outpatient program, our addiction resource center can help.
Long Island Interventions provides an opportunity for those struggling with substance abuse to recover safely. We believe in programs that are solution-focused and evidence-based and our recovery advocates have decades of combined experience.