Town of Amherst to file lawsuit against major manufacturers, distributors of opioid pain medication


AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Town of Amherst is preparing to file a lawsuit in State Supreme Court against major manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain medication, following a “strain on the town’s resources” caused by an increasing number of overdoses and petty crime related to opioid use. 

The lawsuit will also target “Key Opinion Leaders hired by those manufacturers and distributors to mislead the public at large into believing, against all medical science, that opioids prescribed under a doctor’s care cannot and do not lead to addiction”, a news advisory from the town said. 

The town will file the lawsuit Tuesday.

The impact to the Town includes increased costs to the municipality and its taxpayers, as well as a negatively-impacted quality of life for its residents and community,” the news advisory said. 

More information will be outlined at Monday night’s Town of Amherst Board Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville. 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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