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New York City sues eight opioids producers, distributors

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"Big Pharma" helped to fuel this epidemic by deceptively peddling these unsafe drugs and hooking millions of Americans in exchange for profit", Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. Singh wasn't so lucky.

Trump has likewise been critical of his hometown mayor, previously calling de Blasio a "disaster" who was doing a "horrible job". He was also in need of a renewal for the lease, which was set to expire in 2017.

The suit names drugmakers Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Endo International, Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries as defendants. "It's time [to] hold the companies accountable for what they've done to our city and help save more lives".

New York City on Tuesday sued multiple drug companies alleging they played an instrumental role in creating what's become the deadly opioid epidemic.

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The city is claiming that opioid manufacturers have burdened the health and finances of New York's government by employing deceptive marketing to sell inordinate amounts of risky and addictive drugs to citizens. Earlier this month, his administration detailed its plan to sue several of the biggest oil companies in the United States, including BP and ExxonMobil, citing the damage they've done to the environment by continuing to burn fossil fuels despite knowing the harmful effects. The Justice Department ramped up pressure on so-called sanctuary cities, like New York City, seeking public safety grant money, warning state and local officials they could be legally forced to prove they are cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

"Allergan's two branded opioid products - Norco and Kadian - account for less than 0.08% of all opioid products prescribed in 2016 in the U.S. These products came to Allergan through legacy acquisitions and have not been promoted since 2012, in the case of Kadian, and since 2003, in the case of Norco", it said in a statement. Chicago was among the first to do so in 2014; the lawsuit is yet to be resolved.

Bill de Blasio and his staff compared their efforts to the string of lawsuits leveled against major tobacco companies by state officials in the late 1990s.

In the aftermath of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, companies were forced to commit to changing their marketing practices. Philadelphia and DE each filed lawsuits in recent days.

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