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State Attorneys General Claims Purdue’s Opioid Settlement Too Lenient

Connecticut’s Attorney General Says Purdue’s Opioid Settlement Too Lenient; Demands Jail Time for Company Executives

Some Democrats have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Justice Department settlement with Purdue Pharma resolving criminal charges surrounding its marketing of opioid drugs. According to the state attorneys general, the settlement is too lenient.

In the settlement, the maker of the painkiller Oxycontin resolved the settlement by pleading guilty to three crimes. These crimes include violating federal anti-kickback laws and conspiring to defraud the United States. Moreover, Purdue will admit that it hindered the efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This happened when the company claimed that it had secured a program to prevent drug diversion and by reporting misleading information to the agency. 

Due to the allegations, Purdue Pharma agreed to pay the government $8.03 billion. According to the Justice Department, a big portion of the settlement will be allotted to states and localities to help them cope with the opioid addiction crisis.

However, Democratic state attorneys general said that members of the Sackler family, who managed the company, should be held personally accountable.

“This settlement provides a mere mirage of justice for the victims of Purdue’s callous misconduct,” Connecticut Attorney General William Tong revealed. “The federal government had the power here to put the Sacklers in jail, and they didn’t. Instead, they took fines and penalties that Purdue likely will never fully pay.”

“The deal doesn’t account for the hundreds of thousands of deaths or millions of addictions caused by Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family,” New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed. “Instead, it allows billionaires to keep their billions without any accounting for how much they really made.”

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