Opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma announced it will stop marketing oxycontin to doctors.
This comes after at least 14 states sued the privately-held company, accusing it of pushing addictive painkillers through deceptive marketing.
Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper has been part of a national task force on opioids.
She said pharmaceutical manufacturers misled doctors and patients into believing opioid painkillers were not addictive.
That's one of the reasons the county is part of a class action lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Dahlkemper said this is a step in the right direction.
"I think that these drug companies have to own up to their responsibility in this epidemic," said Dahlkemper. "By the action that they're taking now, I think they see that they were wrong."
The next step in the lawsuit is for the county to file, according to Dahlkemper.
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