New York State Attorney General Letitia James was in Binghamton to discuss one of the most pressing public health issues of our time.
James was joined by local officials and experts for a roundtable to discuss ways to address the opioid crisis.
A few of the points brought up were the need for more prevention, safe and sober housing and opportunities for gainful employment for those in recovery.
James says this isn’t an issue that is going to be tackled overnight, but there are ways to start moving in the right direction. “For me the issue is outreach and education which is absolutely critically important. Also lastly it’s getting all the partners together so we’re all moving in the same direction and working together. I heard a number of wonderful recommendations here and those recommendations I want to take back with me as we begin this litigation and we hold those individuals responsible for this epidemic.”
James recently filed the nation’s most extensive lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma and its owners the Sackler Family for their role in the opioid epidemic that has now claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.