Niagara County Legislator Richard L. Andrews Jr. knew there was a risk to filing a lawsuit against the powerful and deep-pocketed companies that were responsible for the flood of opioid painkillers in circulation.
He also knew the damage those substances had wrought.
“It was sort of taking a chance,” he said last week of the legal action. “The legislators here were sick and tired of what was happening to too many kids and too many people out there in our communities and in our own families.”
For Niagara and Erie counties and other communities around the state, the gamble paid off.