Oklahoma settles with OxyContin maker for $270 million | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Oklahoma settles with OxyContin maker for $270 million

The state of Oklahoma has reached a $270 million settlement with Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, seen as pivotal in the opioid overdose crisis that has been blamed in part on misleading information the company provided to doctors about the potential for addiction.

Oklahoma sued Purdue Pharma, and its controlling Sackler family, and several other opioid manufacturers in 2017, accusing them of fraudulent marketing practices that led to thousands of overdoses and deaths. State officials have said that since 2009, more Oklahomans have died from opioids than in vehicle crashes. The remaining defendants still face trial.

The Sackler family is responsible for $75 million of the $270 million settlement, according to a person familiar with the agreement.

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