De Blasio headed to White House for first meeting with President Trump

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The manufacturers named in the lawsuit include Purdue Pharma, Teva, Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen, Endo, Allergan, Watson and various subsidiaries, according to the news release. It further argues that this has caused the city to spend millions of dollars on substance abuse treatment programs, hospital services, emergency medical services and law enforcement.

"Allergan's two branded opioid products - Norco and Kadian - account for less than 0.08% of all opioid products prescribed in 2016 in the U.S. These products came to Allergan through legacy acquisitions and have not been promoted since 2012, in the case of Kadian, and since 2003, in the case of Norco", it said in a statement.

A City Hall news release said that more than 1,000 people died previous year in New York City from a drug overdose involving an opioid, which was more than the combined deaths from auto accidents and homicides in New York.

City Hall previously said de Blasio would be among a group of mayors sitting down with President Donald Trump to discuss infrastructure, which is a major issue in New York City and the Tri-State Area, given the region's transit problems and its aging roads and bridges.

More than 90 Americans a day die of an opioid overdose, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The company noted it had voluntarily stopped opioid promotion, among other efforts.

"This is the biggest night in music returning to the music capitol of the world", de Blasio said.

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The mayor's office has promised that any damages awarded to the city through the lawsuit will be dedicated to its fight against the opioid epidemic. But at around 12:30 p.m., Mayor de Blasio tweeted that he would not be attending the meeting.

New York City on Tuesday sued multiple drug companies alleging they played an instrumental role in creating what's become the deadly opioid epidemic. Chicago sued Big Pharma in 2014, and several other cities have followed suit or are considering doing so.

NY is suing big pharma over its role in the opioid crisis.

NY is not the first city to take legal action against Big Pharma for its alleged role in the opioid crisis.

'In contrast, the federal government was spending $24 billion at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis.

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