Listen: New York sues billionaire family behind OxyContin
"News New York is now suing the billionaire family behind. The company Purdue pharma that makes Oxycontin, they're accused of ignoring patient safety in search of prophets. They settled a similar case in Oklahoma. Here's correspondent Tony to cope with this begins a new chapter for those struggling with addiction. Oklahoma attorney general Mike hunter declared Mondays settlement a victory despite telling us last year, he planned to take the case all the way to trial. I confidence in our laws. I've confidence in a jury of Oklahomans for some people affected by the epidemic. The settlement felt like a setback. This was expected to be the first lawsuit of its kind against Purdue pharma to go to trial and even be televised. I almost lost my life because of parties greed, Ryan Hampton, says his own addiction to opioids started with a single prescription for a leg injury in two thousand three heard you is being spared being transparent and open. And that is exactly what needs to happen. More than fifteen hundred additional cities and states have filed similar and still active lawsuits against Purdue alleged. That it aggressively marketed Oxycontin and downplayed its dangers in some cases members of the Sackler family, which owns the company are named as co-defendants, including a Massachusetts lawsuit, alleging the family has made more than four billion in profits. Since two thousand seven alone two hundred seventy million dollars that is pennies to what we should have been getting a majority of the settlement two hundred million. We'll go to build a National Center for addiction studies and treatment at Oklahoma state university in Tulsa in a statement current produc-, yo Craig Landau calls the Oklahoma settlement in extension of our commitment to help drive solutions to the opioid addiction crisis. Ryan Hampton sees a different path to Justice not only should we be getting tens of billions of dollars. Members of the Sackler family should be sitting in jail."