The cities of Albany, Troy, Schenectady, and Plattsburgh are taking legal action against nine manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers.
Officials say the pharmaceutical companies misled health care providers about the risk for addiction and then failed to control suspicious orders of opioids that wound up in their communities.
Attorney Don Boyajian says this problem has mushroomed in recent years, and cities have had to deal with increasing costs for emergency responses to opioid overdoses
Boyajian believes a day of reckoning is coming for drug companies.
The suit contends that the cities have incurred substantial economic, administrative and social costs fighting opioid addiction and abuse.
City officials say the opioid crisis has placed a "significant burden" on their budgets, and they feel it is time to hold drug companies accountable.
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