NEWS SHINES | Prosecutor files opioid crisis lawsuit, YWCA’s Femme2STEM program now files

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City prosecutors are filing a lawsuit seeking damages as a result of the opioid crisis

On November 1, the Seattle City Attorney, Ann Davison, sued McKinsey & Co. for their role as a consulting firm that worked with Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and other drugmakers.

According to the lawsuit, “On average, nearly three Washingtonians die from opioid overdoses each day, and the rate is rising. In 2021, 540 people here in King County suffered a fatal opioid overdose… Between 2006 and 2012 alone, more than 1.8 billion opioid pills were distributed in Washington, and nearly a quarter of those opioids were channeled into King County.”

McKinsey & Co. are alleged to be responsible for the increase in opioid abuse, including prescription drugs like OxyContin, as well as non-prescription drugs like heroin and fentanyl. It alleges that “In 2017, Seattle launched a civil lawsuit against Purdue and other opioid companies that have fraudulently marketed their drugs in Seattle and across the country. It is now apparent that these manufacturers did not act alone. They were led by McKinsey, the world’s leading management consultancy.”

The three main points the lawsuit alleges are that McKinsey helped Prudue create deceptive advertising messages; offered Purdue insights that their marketing efforts should target providers who prescribe large quantities of opioids in order to be more effective; and urged Purdue to “use sales quotas and bonuses to motivate hyper-aggressive selling tactics.”

The city of Seattle joins numerous other cities, including Portland and Philadelphia, which have sued McKinsey in recent months on similar grounds.

(Flyer courtesy of YWCA.)

YWCA’s Femme2STEM program is now open to enroll

Young adults ages 17-24 who identify as female or are non-binary are invited to enroll in YWCA’s Femme2STEM program.

Femme2STEM connects participants with STEM employers, mentors and the community to help them overcome institutional barriers and racial and social inequalities in the field.

Register online at YWCA’s Femme2STEM website and contact Carina Forsell at [email protected] or 206-591-3925.

The King County Green Jobs program welcomes your feedback

King County is seeking public feedback on the initiatives, partnerships and resources related to its Green Jobs strategy, which will be launched in 2023.

A short 5-minute survey ending November 4th is soliciting feedback from job seekers, community members, community partners/organizations and employers. Job seekers and community members who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw for a $500 gift card.

Complete the survey at

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