One local drug treatment center is reacting to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state address, and his focus on combating the opioid epidemic.
In his speech in Albany on Wednesday, Cuomo acknowledged that the opioid crisis is ongoing. He says New York State will increase its efforts on holding drug companies accountable.
Cassandra Sheets, CEO of the Center for Family Life and Recovery, says this new initiative could work similar to how the state went after the tobacco industry previously.
“It gave us the ability to, you know, really question the norm,” Sheets said. “This is how these people, the tobacco companies, have been processing … same thing here. That’s how these pharmaceutical companies have been processing, advertising, how they’re making money, how the ones that are taking the advertising making money, selling the drugs themselves. And if we don't fight that or we don’t question that at a really large level, then how can we make some sort of change?”
Last month, Oneida County announced it would seek similar action by exploring the possibility of taking drug companies to court.