Cayuga County could join a multi-county lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that sell opioids.
County legislators at both Judicial and Public Safety and Government Operations Committees discussed the possibility Wednesday night, and ultimately decided to schedule a meeting with two New York City law firms spearheading the lawsuit.
Cayuga County Attorney Fred Westphal said the lawsuit was originally filed by Nassau County. Since then at least nine other New York counties have joined, hoping to recoup costs associated with drug addiction and overdoses. According to Cayuga County Coroner Adam Duckett’s monthly report to the Legislature, five of 50 deaths he has investigated this year were from drug overdoses.
District Attorney Jon Budelmann said when doctors write a prescription for pain medication, a patient can easily become addicted.