Purdue Pharma is the company that produces the opioid, OxyContin.
The Sackler family– including noted ed reformer Jonathan Sackler— owns Purdue Pharma.
In June 2018, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts sued Purdue Pharma and Sackler family; on January 31, 2019, Massachusetts attorney general, Maura Healy filed an amended, longer, suit, for Purdue Pharma’s having “created the [opioid drug] epidemic and profited from it through a web of illegal deceit.” From the amended lawsuit:
Dangerous opioid drugs are killing people across Massachusetts. Prescription medicines, which are supposed to protect our health, are instead ruining people’s lives. Every community in our Commonwealth suffers from the epidemic of addiction and death.
Purdue Pharma created the epidemic and profited from it through a web of illegal deceit. First, Purdue deceived Massachusetts doctors and patients to get more and more people on its dangerous drugs. Second, Purdue misled them to use…
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