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State of Addiction

State of Addiction

An investigation into the opioid epidemic killing tens of thousands of Americans every year

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018

NYC Files Blockbuster $500M Opioid Suit Against 'Big Pharma'

NYC Files Blockbuster $500M Opioid Suit Against 'Big Pharma'

New York City filed a $500 million lawsuit Tuesday against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, seeking to hold them accountable for their alleged part in the city's opioid epidemic.

About the Epidemic

Opioids kill more people each year than traffic accidents, than guns; recent CDC estimates say 91 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. Increasingly, they're killing children. New synthetic drugs are emerging -- cocktails so potent even touching them can lead to injury or death.

With tens of thousands of Americans dying opioid-related deaths every year, the president has declared a national public health emergency. Tune in for "State of Addiction," a special week-long series beginning on Monday, Dec. 11 on News 4 New York.