TOP STEFANIK DONOR FACES LAWSUIT FOR THEIR ROLE IN OPIOID CRISIS
Johnson & Johnson accused of violating New York State insurance law
Canton —Thursday, The New York State Dept. of Financial Services announced a civil lawsuit against opioid manufacturer and top Stefanik donor Johnson & Johnson. The suit accuses the pharma giant of downplaying the dangers of the opioids they produce. New York is seeking $2 billion in damages from Johnson & Johnson’s targeted scheme directed at doctors and seniors. This isn’t the first time Johnson & Johnson has landed in hot water over their role in the opioid epidemic. In 2019 an Oklahoma judge ruled that Johnson & Johnson recklessly marketed opioids to healthcare professionals and ordered them to pay $572 million. Lifetime, Elise Stefanik has accepted over $50,000 from opioid manufacturers and distributors. In Congress, Stefanik has voted five times to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including substance use disorder–and against lowering the cost of prescription drugs. These votes would directly benefit the same corporations that fund her campaigns.
“Elise Stefanik has continually chosen her donors’ profit margins over the lives of Northern New Yorkers,” said Cobb. “Families in Northern New York are struggling to combat addiction and are desperate for help. In 2019, Stefanik voted against families seeking addiction treatment services. Then at a town hall event, she lied about it. This is inexcusable. Elise Stefanik should immediately explain her vote and return all campaign contributions from corporations that have profited from the opioid epidemic.”