New York governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a ceremony to sign a package of bills to combat the opioid crisis, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in New York.
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of bills into law dealing with the opioid addiction crisis, saying the issue is a personal one for her family.

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This week, a bankruptcy judge approved million-dollar bonuses for five executives at Stamford-based Purdue Pharma, a company at the center of the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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New York could get $1.5 billion from drug makers and distributors to settle claims that they helped fuel the opioid epidemic, according to Attorney General Letitia James.

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The former president of Purdue Pharma says he, his family and the company do not have any responsibility for the opioid crisis in the United States. Richard Sackler is a member of the family that owns the Stamford, Connecticut-based drug company.

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has created a committee to decide how to spend settlement money from lawsuits with opioid distributors, manufactures and pharmacies.