Mayor Walsh said today he's looking at a possible lawsuit against companies that make and market narcotics. In a statement, he said:
I strongly believe that the pharmaceutical industry is the main offender and sustainer of the opioid crisis. Their distribution and marketing of narcotics is unforgivingly reckless, causing irreversible devastation to our families and significant damages to cities nationwide. In Boston, we are addressing the opioid crisis from every angle, from creating the first municipal recovery office to investing in more services and building a state-of-the-art recovery facility on Long Island. Now is the time to finally hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible.
Walsh said he is issuing a formal request for information to law firms and researchers who might want a piece of the action. He said the city has already spent several months "meeting with various law firms and collecting relevant information in preparation for potential litigation."