Purdue Pharma to pay over $200M to settle historic opioid lawsuit

Purdue Pharma has agreed to pay $270 million to settle a historic lawsuit brought by the Oklahoma attorney general, who accused the OxyContin maker of aggressively marketing the opioid painkiller and fueling a drug epidemic that left thousands dead in the state.

Cities, counties, tribes file federal lawsuit against Sackler family

More than 600 cities, counties and Native American tribes from 28 states have filed a federal lawsuit against eight members of the Sackler family -- owners of the pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma LP -- accusing them of creating the opioid addiction crisis through ownership of the company that manufactures the painkiller OxyContin.

Idaho counties suing drug makers for enabling opioid abuse

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Several Idaho counties are taking their fight against opioid overdoses to the courtroom.The Idaho Statesman reports the counties are suing the makers of OxyContin, Lortab and other opioids, accusing them of offenses such as fraud, false advertising and racketeering.Their lawsuits have been consolidated into a case now being overseen by a federal court in Ohio.In the last two months, counties from Owyhee to Blaine to Bonneville have joined in.

City says drugmaker knowingly let pills flood black market

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A city in Washington state is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of the pain medication OxyContin, in an unusual case that alleges the drugmaker knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market and into the city.The city of Everett, north of Seattle, wants the drugmaker to pay for damages to the community. Officials say Everett has spent millions combating OxyContin and heroin abuse and expects the tab to rise.