House Human Services Committee writes letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro urging action on opioid crisis

HARRISBURG, April 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila. and Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, today announced a letter has been written and signed by members of the House Human Services Committee to urge the state attorney general to explore all legal avenues, including wrongful deaths lawsuits, against pharmaceutical companies, distributors and manufacturers that have contributed to the state’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis.

“I’ve sponsored legislation, and now we as a committee are acting together to call on the attorney general to pursue wrongful-death suits on behalf of the thousands of Pennsylvania families that have lost loved ones to this epidemic,” Cruz said. “We cannot thank the Attorney General’s Office enough for the actions that they have already taken, but it is time to join with other states and pursue legal action over this opioid crisis. Pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and distributors need to answer for the role that they play in this crisis.”

Nearly 5,500 drug-related overdose deaths occurred in Pennsylvania in 2017 alone.

Purdue Pharma recently settled its first lawsuit with Oklahoma on March 26.

Cruz noted that Pennsylvania needs to act now to save as many lives as possible.

More information about Cruz's legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925.