Purdue Pharma, whose aggressive marketing of OxyContin over twenty years ago precipitated the opioid crisis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday. The company currently faces more than 2,600 federal and state lawsuits, according to the New York Times.
Purdue deceived the public for decades—executives knew that OxyContin was highly addictive from the beginning—and let’s be clear about the motives of its bankruptcy filing. The company is still looking out for itself, at the expensive of victims. As Andrew Joseph writes for Stat, “Such a process is meant to ensure that a company that declares bankruptcy can preserve its value while it gets more time to negotiate with every entity to which it owes money.”
Massachusetts and New York are at the frontlines of a valiant fight from several states that have refused to settle with Purdue, whose owners, the Sackler family, are among the wealthiest in the country. Joseph writes: “But some state attorneys general — who are among those who have sued the company — oppose the deal. They’ve stressed they will continue to seek additional damages from the company and members of the Sackler family, who control Purdue and who have reaped billions from the sale of opioid painkillers. Some of the lawsuits have named individual Sacklers as defendants.”
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As an opioid NAS lawyer Memphis TN trusts, I have seen how this epidemic has stolen so much from the youngest, most vulnerable members of society: children. Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a group of conditions caused by a baby’s withdrawal from drugs he or she is exposed to it in the womb, most often opioids.
During their first days of life, babies with NAS can experience seizures, twitching, slow weight gain, and trouble breathing. They also face a mortality rate 2.5% greater than babies born without NAS.
Part of the reason some of these mothers took drugs during pregnancy is because companies like Purdue misled them and their doctors into thinking this was safe.
It can cost tens of thousands of dollars to treat one baby born dependent on drugs, and that is just to get them through the initial stage of withdrawal. Families should not have to pay for the potential life-long medical costs associated with NAS treatment.
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