Erie County suing major drug companies

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County is suing major drug companies.

They accuse “Big Pharma” of misleading doctors and patients about how dangerous prescription painkillers can be.

More than 300 people died from an overdose of opiates in Erie County last year.

County officials are also holding four doctors responsible. They say the drug makers paid doctors to promote painkillers.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in New York State Supreme Court. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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