Statement from NYSCEA President Marcus Molinaro on Announcement of Historic Opioid Settlement
A major victory at a critical moment.
“Today's announcement of the largest opiate-related settlement in United States history is major victory in the battle against this epidemic and comes at a crucial moment as counties across the state and nation grapple with a startling resurgence in overdose deaths.
No amount of money can bring back the lives lost to the opioid epidemic, but it can honor those lost by investing in prevention, education and treatment services to save lives. New York's County Executives were proud to work in collaboration with Attorney General Letitia James to pass legislation creating an Opioid Settlement Fund to ensure those most responsible for plunging us into this crisis, and not local taxpayers, pay for treatment, recovery, and abatement efforts critical to defeating this deadly scourge.
I commend County Executives Steve Bellone and Laura Curran for blazing the trail and bringing forth these lawsuits on behalf of the other 55 counties and City of New York. Suffolk and Nassau were two of the hardest hit by this public health crisis and it was their leadership and commitment to securing justice on behalf of the victims that made today's settlement possible.
We also applaud Attorney General James for her commitment to this issue and foresight in establishing a framework to ensure money recovered as part of these lawsuits is invested in ending this epidemic and saving lives. We are grateful Governor Cuomo signed this important legislation and pledged his commitment to getting these dollars to the people who need them most.”
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