The state of Massachusetts sued the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, which has been blamed for spawning America’s opioid crisis, naming leading executives and members of the multibillionaire Sackler family that owns the Purdue pharmaceutical company. Purdue and some other painkiller makers are currently facing more than 300 lawsuits from city and county authorities across the country.
Rock stars Tom Petty and Prince both died after overdosing on opioid drugs. The Sackler family reaped $14 billion in ill-gotten gains after manipulating the medical industry into prescribing their dangerous drugs. The Sacklers are now selling their fatal drugs on the international market after facing lawsuits, bad press and new regulations in America.