Virginia joins states suing owners of Purdue Pharma

(TOM) WE’RE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE OPIOID CRISIS. VIRGINIA IS AMONG SEVERAL STATES SUING THE OXYCONTIN MANUFACTURER PURDUE PHARMA. (ANITA) THE DRUG COMPANY IS UNDER FIRE FOR THE ROLE THEIR PRODUCTS PLAY IN THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. TODAY BOTH SIDES REACHED A SETTLEMENT. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S KAYLA GASKINS JOINS US IN THE NEWSROOM. KAYLA HOW MUCH WILL THE COMPANY HAVE TO SHELL OUT? (KAYLA) PURDUE PHARMA WILL HAVE TO PAY 12 BILLION DOLLARS ALSO OFFICIALS SAY THE FAMILY WHO OWNS THE COMPANY — THE SACKLERS WILL HAVE TO GIVE UP CONTROL. INCLUDED IN THE AGREEMENT — PURUDE PHARMA MUST STOP THE SALE OF OPIODS AND DECLARE BANKRUPTCY. (KAYLA) ALSO TODAY ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK HERRING EXPANDED HIS LAWSUIT TO INCLUDE FOUR INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE SACKLER FAMILY. HERRING SAYS THOSE INDIVIDUALS KNEW THE OPIOIDS THEY MADE WERE DANGEROUS, DEADLY AND ADDICTING HERRING ALSO SAYS THE SACKLERS SIPHONED MONEY FROM THE COMPANY TO MAKE SURE THEY KEPT ANY PROFITS. THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES THAT BETWEEN 2008 AND 2018, THE FAMILY UNLAWFULLY TRANSFERRED AT LEAST $4 BILLION DOLLARS FROM PURDUE TO PROTECT THEIR FORTUNE. . “FOR DECADES, THE SACKLER FAMILY HAS MADE A FORTUNE OFF OF LIES AND DECEIT ABOUT THEIR DANGEROUS AND ADDICTIVE OPINED DRUGS AND THEY HAVE BEEN LIVING A LIFE OF UNIMAGINABLE WEALTH AND COMFORT WHILE SO MANY VIRGINIANS AND OTHER AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE HAD THEIR LIVES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN.” (KAYLA) SINCE 2007, ABOUT 8,000 VIRGINIA RESIDENTS DIED FROM OPIOID OVERDOSES — THAT INCLUDES ABOUT 5,000 FROM PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS. I’M KAYLA GASKINS 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

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