AG Shapiro Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturing Family

He says the Sackler family is personally liable for the devastation of the opioid crisis

Joe DeStio
September 12, 2019 - 11:16 am

Commonwealth Media Services

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Related: Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020) - One day after Purdue Pharma reached a tentative deal with a couple dozen states to settle lawsuits over opioid addiction, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is taking his own action.

Shaprio is filing the lawsuit against the family that founded and operates Purdue Pharm, the Sackler family.

He’s after the family’s personal assets, saying they shamelessly preyed on senior citizens, veterans and those suffering from substance abuse disorder.

In his lawsuit Shapiro says the family is personally liable for the devastation of the opioid crisis and claims an illegal effort to market the pain killer Oxycotin.

Pennsylvania is not part of a tentative settlement between a couple dozen states and Purdue Pharma that would have the company pay about $12 billion with about $3 billion coming from the Sackler family.

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