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Connecticut And New York Say No To Purdue Pharma Settlement

Jessica Hill
Family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses leave pill bottles in protest last year outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, which is owned by the Sackler family.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James says she remains opposed to a tentative settlement between drug maker Purdue Pharma and municipalities that sued the company over its role in the opioid crisis.

James says Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, will try to “evade responsibility and lowball the millions of victims of the opioid crisis.”

Twenty-two state attorneys general and more than 2,000 municipalities have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit with the Stamford, Connecticut-based company and other drug makers.

The long-awaited plan would force the Sacklers to relinquish control of their company. Purdue would declare bankruptcy and be resurrected as a trust whose main purpose would be to combat the opioid epidemic.

But some attorneys general, who sued Purdue and the Sacklers in state courts, including Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, are still opposed to that deal.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.