The city of New York has launched a lawsuit against a consultancy firm accused of being the driving force behind the opioid crisis.
The city and more than 20 state counties sued McKinsey & Company in Suffolk County’s state Supreme Court on Tuesday, claiming the company’s “major role” in “crafting and implementing” deceptive marketing strategies to sell addictive prescription pills contributed to “the worst man-made epidemic in history.”
McKinsey agreed to pay nearly $600 million to settle charges that it caused the opioid crisis by assisting Perdue Pharma in the sale of OxyContin in most US states, including New York, in February.
Perdue had pleaded guilty to criminal charges in connection with the nationwide epidemic a few months before.
In a statement released Tuesday, McKinsey argued that a former settlement shielded it from the lawsuit launched by the city and other local governments.
“The cash obtained by this settlement will be used by state governments to benefit communities throughout those states,” the corporation claimed, claiming it will defend against litigation that would “double-dip on the state settlements.”
According to the CDC, opioids killed nearly half a million Americans between 1999 and 2019.
- Opioid Protest: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite