Via Pioneer Press
By Christopher Magan
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the owners of the pharmaceutical company at the root of the opioid crisis were “motivated not by human dignity or the value of human life, but by unlimited greed.”
That’s the argument at the heart of an updated lawsuit Minnesota has brought against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia are suing the pharmaceutical company and its owners for allegedly lying about the addictive nature of powerful painkillers that caused a national addiction epidemic.
Ellison says the Sacklers made $4 billion nationally from opioids including “tens of millions” in profits in Minnesota. The family knew opioids like Oxycontin were potent and highly addictive, but downplayed the risk and then called addicts “culprits,” “reckless criminals,” and “scum of the earth.”
Between 2000 and 2017, Minnesota lost 3,628 residents to opioid-related drug overdoses. In 2017, 422 people died and deaths declined to 331 in 2018, according to preliminary data.