Cattaraugus County: Opioid Crisis A Public Nuisance ?
March 16, 2018
Source: Olean Times Herald
Cattaraugus County lawmakers will hold a public hearing on a proposed local law declaring the heroin/opioid crisis, which has gripped the county for the past several years, a public nuisance.
County officials have been advised that declaring the epidemic a public nuisance may make it easier to recover costs incurred in the epidemic from a separate lawsuit against drug companies and distributors who contributed to overprescribing opioids.
The county has retained the New York City personal injury law firm Napoli Shkolnik, which represents Niagara County and several other counties across the state in a class action lawsuit against drug manufacturers and distributors accused of contributing to the heroin/opioid crisis.