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600 cities, districts and Indian tribes bring lawsuit against the Sackler family because of opioid crisis

As with other lawsuits, it is alleged that the Sackler family has made a fortune selling fraudulent marketing to sell addictive and potentially lethal painkillers.

"Eight individuals in a single family made the decisions that caused much of the opioid epidemic," says the lawsuit, citing the eight defendants.

"Controlling their own privately held drug company, the Sackler Defendants had the power to decide how to sell addictive drugs, and they were receiving more patients with higher-dose opioids than ever before, paying billions of dollars. They are responsible for addictions, overdoses and deaths that have claimed millions of lives and should now be held accountable. "

The claim does not specify the amount of the claim for damages. The lawsuits seek a range of measures, including publishing the "corrective advertising messages" in national and regional publications, medical journals, television shows and websites.

The plaintiffs claim that they deserve compensation because the opioid crisis has increased the cost of prosecution, childcare for children of opioid addicts and the treatment of physical and mental illness. The plaintiffs also claim that real estate values ​​have declined due to the drug epidemic in some areas.

The family and the answer of the company

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A spokesman for the families of Drs. Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, the late founders of the company, made this statement:

"These blameless allegations blame us for failing to address a complex public health crisis and we deny it." The company founded by our fathers and grandfathers produces an FDA-approved drug that has always been one small portion of the opioid market – never more than four percent of nationwide opioid prescriptions and currently less than two percent – and, at the same time, millions of pain patients who need them for life-altering relief.

"Although we have always acted correctly, we continue to make a meaningful contribution to solutions that save lives by preventing distractions and abuse of prescription drugs and treating addicts."

Purdue Pharma also denied wrongdoing.

"This complaint is part of a continuing effort by the emergency caregiver to discard Purdue, hold her responsible for the entire opioid crisis in the United States, and try the case before the court of public opinion and not the judiciary," A statement by Purdue said. Speaker Bob Josephson.

The statement states that the lawsuit is inaccurate and misleading. For example, the company does not say that Purdue's opioid analgesics account for less than 2% of total opioid prescriptions.

The lawsuit does not concede to Purdue Pharma that it seeks to reduce opiate addiction, the statement said.

"Purdue Pharma and the individual former directors vigorously deny the allegations in the lawsuit and will continue to defend against these misleading claims In the meantime, Purdue continues to fight for a balance in public discourse so that society can help pain patients simultaneously and provide real solutions to to create the complex problem of addiction. "

8 Indian tribes join

Family Sackler, fortune and philanthropy in view of opioid processes

The lawsuit was filed on March 18 in the southern district of New York. As defendants, Richard S. Sackler, Jonathan D. Sackler, Mortimer D.A. Sackler, Kathe A. Sackler, Ilene Sackler Lefcourt, Beverly Sackler, Theresa Sackler, David A. Sackler, a trust for members of the Raymond Sackler family and Rhodes Pharmaceuticals.

Rhodes is a family business that makes generic opioids. The trust owns half of the companies affiliated with Purdue and Purdue, according to the lawsuit.

Plaintiffs include areas hit hard by the opioid crisis, from heavily populated places like Cleveland to small towns like Opp, Alabama. There are 112 Massachusetts cities and counties among the plaintiffs and 51 in Kentucky. Eight Indian tribes also belong to the plaintiffs.

One of America's richest families is accused of profiting from the country's opioid crisis

According to the lawsuit, overdose deaths in the US increased from 47,000 in 2014 to an estimated 72,000 in 2017, affecting three out of five deaths from opioids.

The lawsuit alleges that the family increased sales by creating "new" health care – one in which opioids are considered safe and effective for long-term use, and pain is aggressively treated at all costs. "

The lawsuit alleges that the family and its companies are "purposely misleading physicians and patients" about the safe use of prescription opioids by sales representatives and "financial relationships with academic physicians, medical societies, hospitals, associations of national medical associations and seemingly neutral third parties" and "seemingly neutral third parties" presented. Party-ups. "

The lawsuit also requires the defendants to pay the attorneys' fees.

CNN's Tony Marco contributed to this report.

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