New York Sues Sackler family, Owners of Purdue Pharma for Opioid Epidemic

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New York state Attorney General Letitia James has accused eight members of the Sackler family of triggering and then profiting off the U.S. opioid epidemic. The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma who marketed the opioid OxyContin. “Simply put, they put profit over patients,” she claimed.

“This lawsuit contains detailed allegations about the Sackler family and their attempt to hide the vast fortunes they collected at the expense of actual lives,” she added.

The opioid epidemic has not only killed more than 200,000 Americans over the last two decades, and it has ruined the lives of so many others living with addiction.

The Sackler family denied the claims made in the lawsuit. Purdue officials claim that OxyContin makes up less than 2% of all opioid prescriptions.

“Expanding this baseless lawsuit to include former directors of Purdue Pharma is a misguided attempt to place blame where it does not belong for a complex public health crisis,” the Sacklers stated.

This is not the first state to file a lawsuit

The latest lawsuit joins thousands of others filed by state and local governments which accuse Purdue Pharma of fueling the opioid epidemic. Just a few days ago, Purdue and the Sacklers reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma.

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New York Sues Sackler family, Owners of Purdue Pharma for Opioid Epidemic

Photo (c) Pureradiancephoto – Getty Images

New York state Attorney General Letitia James has accused eight members of the Sackler family of triggering and then profiting off the U.S. opioid epidemic. The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma who marketed the opioid OxyContin. “Simply put, they put profit over patients,” she claimed.

“This lawsuit contains detailed allegations about the Sackler family and their attempt to hide the vast fortunes they collected at the expense of actual lives,” she added.

The opioid epidemic has not only killed more than 200,000 Americans over the last two decades, and it has ruined the lives of so many others living with addiction.

The Sackler family denied the claims made in the lawsuit. Purdue officials claim that OxyContin makes up less than 2% of all opioid prescriptions.

“Expanding this baseless lawsuit to include former directors of Purdue Pharma is a misguided attempt to place blame where it does not belong for a complex public health crisis,” the Sacklers stated.

This is not the first state to file a lawsuit

The latest lawsuit joins thousands of others filed by state and local governments which accuse Purdue Pharma of fueling the opioid epidemic. Just a few days ago, Purdue and the Sacklers reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma.

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