MAYWOOD, Calif. (2UrbanGirls) – Maywood officials have drafted a letter to CA Governor Gavin Newsom seeking justice on behalf of victims of the opioid epidemic.
They are specifically asking for a review of all contracts with pharmaceutical consultant, McKinsey, to determine conflict of interest and publicly support the right for local governments to file lawsuits to receive justice for communities and residents.
“It is critical that we hold those that ushered in this crisis accountable,” said Councilman Eddie De La Riva. “While the pharmaceutical company that produced and encouraged the use of Oxycontin is now bankrupt and found guilty of criminal charges, McKinsey, the international corporation that devised the plan to “turbocharge” sales of Oxycontin continues to refuse to admit fault and in fact, they actively attempting to stop the several local governments that have sued them for their involvement in this deathly epidemic.”
Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties filed federal lawsuits in August and October 2021 against pharmaceutical consultant McKinsey for its involvement with advising Purdue Pharmaceuticals. Both counties are filing for the impact the opioid crisis has had on their residents.
The plaintiffs of the Santa Cruz lawsuit made more than 200 assertions of fault against McKinsey for its conspiring with Purdue Pharma since 2009 – “a partnership that resulted in aggressive promotion for the demand and sale of OxyContin through illegal and false messaging…”