A recent in-depth report in the New Yorker details a potential settlement between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Purdue Pharma that would allow the Sackler family to maintain billions of dollars of their personal wealth and face no criminal liability for its role in the opioid epidemic.
Thousands have filed lawsuits against Purdue, claiming it helped create the crisis by using deceptive marketing to promote and downplay the dangers of the addictive prescription drug OxyContin. The company entered bankruptcy protection last year. Purdue is now prepared to pay out $3 billion to victims of the opioid crisis — but likely only on the condition that they are granted a release from future liability. (According to states’ legal filings, the total cost of the opioid crisis surpasses two trillion dollars;