Rockland County sues pharmaceutical industry over opioids

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Rockland County has become the latest in the state to file a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over the rising death toll from opioids.

There were 40 drug-related deaths in Rockland County last year. Officials say almost all of them were from opioids.

"It starts with prescription medication, then escalated to heroin and other drugs," says County Executive Ed Day. 

He is accusing the drugmakers of withholding the truth about some of their more dangerous medications.

"They need to take some responsibility," he says.

For its part, the county is fighting back as well. It is hosting a medication "Take Back Day" over the weekend in Pomona, where residents can anonymously drop off unwanted medications. Officials say it's a good way for people to dispose of excess, unused or expired medications.

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