Listen: Oklahoma becomes first U.S. state to take drugmakers to trial over opioids
"More than forty states have sued the makers of powerful painkillers over the opioid addiction crisis in America today. The first trial of a drug company gets underway in a state court. Steve Kastenbaum reports when Oklahoma started this lawsuit nearly two years ago, it took aim at three major former suitable companies shortly before this trial was set to begin only Johnson and Johnson remained. Oklahoma. Attorney general, Mike hunter said they reached a settlement with Purdue pharma, the maker of the powerful and addictive painkiller Oxycontin, through this story agreement in which the state will enjoy a two hundred seventy million dollars. Two hundred seventy million dollar settlement. Nearly two hundred million dollar endowment for the OSU center for health sciences center for wellness, and recovery will occur. He claimed this would put Oklahoma at the forefront of fighting opioid addiction across America. It is going to save countless lives, and it's going to keep families together. And it's going to be the tip of the spear in terms of leading the nation out of the addiction epidemic. Some local municipalities across Oklahoma were not happy with the settlement. They felt that the money should be put to use treating addiction within their communities. The Oklahoma attorney general's office also reached a settlement with TV pharmaceutical for eighty five million dollars. The fact remains the addiction crisis facing our state and nation is a clear and present danger that leaves just Johnson and Johnson defending itself against Oklahoma's lawsuit at this point, it's been reduced to a single charge that the drug company created a public nuisance in a written statement, lawyers for Johnson and Johnson said the company and its subsidiaries acted responsibly in the marketing and promotion of its products. They said they're FDA approved medicines helped people in pain, and they worked with regulators to prevent diversion and abuse of its opioid medications. More than forty states have. Sued the makers of addictive painkillers over the opioid addiction crisis. They'll be following this court case closely as it"