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Opioid Manufacturer Considers Bankruptcy to Stop 1,600 Lawsuits. Rhode Island Governor Won’t Return Sackler Campaign Donations.

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Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturers of killer drug OxyContin, is considering bankruptcy to cancel the 1,600 lawsuits against it.

More than 200,000 people have died because of opioid addiction.

Governor Raimondo of Rhode Island is not returning contributions from Jonathan Sackler, although other elected officials have done so.

The Sackler family is worth about $14 billion based on the success of their addictive drug. Jonathan Sackler is a major donor to charter schools. He founded ConnCAN and is a board member of 50CAN and other charter-promoting organizations.

I have often wondered whether their grand mansions are haunted by the ghosts of those killed by OxyContin.

 

A report on Monday by Reuters said that embattled OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma is considering bankruptcy to shield itself from more than 1,600 lawsuits, including by the State of Rhode Island and by multiple Rhode Island cities and towns.

“The potential move shows how Purdue and its wealthy owners, the Sackler family, are under pressure to respond to mounting litigation accusing the company of misleading doctors and patients about risks associated with prolonged use of its prescription opioids,” reported Reuters.

The Sacklers rank as the 19th richest family in the United States according to Business Insider.

Jonathan Sackler, who has been a board member of Purdue Pharma, and his wife Mary Corson, are significant donors to Governor Gina Raimondo. Raimondo, who has said in the past she supports the Rhode Island lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, has refused to donate or return the donations from the Sacklers.

In contrast, Lt Governor Dan McKee donated campaign donations from Sackler and Corson to Rhode Island agencies that treat substance abuse.

 

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