The family received $4.1 billion in cash between 2008 and 2017 after the company was fined for misleading the public about OxyContin's addiction risks.
Mundipharma, a drug company owned by the Sackler family, used false claims to push the opioid in China.
California, Maine, Hawaii and the District of Columbia are accusing Purdue Pharma of helping fuel the rise in drug overdoses linked to opioids.
As OxyContin addiction spurred a national nightmare, a member of the family that has reaped billions of dollars from the painkiller boasted that sales exceeded his “fondest dreams.”
Federal regulator slammed as Massachusetts sues billionaire Sacklers for pushing OxyContin.
He was also illegally in possession of oxycodone, police said.
Opioids are pain relieving drugs that include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine and other related drugs including
The power of painkillers is that they come in amber pill bottles, not little plastic bags. Their precise, factory-shaped contours make it easy for people -- even doctors -- to believe they aren't addictive. But the painkiller epidemic and the heroin epidemic are one and the same. And their addictions are equally horrific.
Parker and Dutchess agree. "My life is pretty close to normal," Himelrick wrote in a text message on Dec. 16, 2014. "I'm
More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and both the number of prescription drug sales and the number of prescription drug overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Are doctors to blame?