August 27, 2019 Press, Press Release

STEFANIK CONTRIBUTOR ORDERED TO PAY $572 MILLION FOR ROLE IN OPIOID EPIDEMIC


Canton — Yesterday, an Oklahoma judge  ruled that Johnson & Johnson, an opioid maker, and contributor to Cong. Elise Stefanik, recklessly marketed opioids to healthcare professionals and ordered them to pay $572 Million. Stefanik has taken $45,500 from opioid manufacturers and distributors and has repeatedly voted their way. Just in May, she voted against combating opioid addiction. And she has voted dozens of times to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including substance abuse disorders. Tedra Cobb, healthcare advocate and former volunteer firefighter, is calling on Rep. Stefanik to immediately return campaign funds from any company under investigation in the opioid crisis, including Johnson & Johnson.

“Families in Northern New York are struggling to combat addiction and are desperate for help,” said Cobb. “We have some of the highest opioid death rates per capita in New York State and instead of finding ways to help these families, Elise Stefanik continues to side with drug manufacturers and their profits. She relies on them to fund her re-election bids at the expense of our families. Today, I am asking Stefanik to explain her votes against people who suffer from opioid addiction and to return any and all campaign contributions from those who profit from the opioid crisis.”

This is not the first time Stefanik has come under fire for taking money from drug companies that put profits over patients. Just a few weeks ago, it was revealed that she had taken money from Amgen, a pharmaceutical giant that paid $25 million to settle accusations that it ran an illegal Medicare kick-back scheme.

“This is exactly why I am not accepting corporate PAC money,” added Cobb. “My vote will never be for sale.” 

 

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