Purdue Pharma has reached a controversial ~$8.3 billion settlement with the US Justice Department over its role in the opioid crisis that has killed 232,000+ Americans, NPR reports.
- The settlement includes 3 felony guilty pleas, but no prison time for company officials or members of the Sackler family who own the firm.
- Purdue will continue to make opioid drugs as a government-controlled public trust, with the bulk of the settlement funds funneled into “extraordinary new resources” for communities to help people suffering from addiction.
- 25 state attorneys general urged the Justice Department to “avoid having special ties to an opioid company” that “caused a national crisis.”
- Dozens of members of Congress have slammed the settlement, demanding prison time in any resolution.
Impact: If finalized, the deal would likely undercut thousands of other local and state lawsuits against Purdue. But, The New York Times reports, it does not rule out other criminal charges against the Sackler family or Purdue executives.
Related: Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race – AP