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The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire

Sep. 15, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service...

Drug company attorneys seek to disqualify federal judge

Sep. 14, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for eight drug distributors, pharmacies and retailers facing trial next month for their roles in the opioid crisis want to disqualify the federal judge overseeing their cases, saying he has shown bias in his effort to obtain a multibillion-dollar global settlement. According to...

NY finds $1B in hidden transfers by family behind OxyContin

Sep. 13, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves, New York's attorney general contends in court papers filed Friday. New York — asking a judge to enforce subpoenas of companies, banks and advisers to Purdue...

States split by party on accepting Purdue Pharma settlement

Sep. 13, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation's Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a...

The Latest: Sackler spokesperson defends oversea transfers

Sep. 13, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Purdue Pharma's Swiss bank transfers (all times local): 10:15 p.m. A spokesperson for Mortimer D.A. Sackler has defended $1 billion in previously unknown transfers from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to his family, saying they were "perfectly legal and appropriate in every...

Court filings: Family behind OxyContin used Swiss bank accounts to conceal transfer of millions of dollars to themselves

Sep. 13, 2019 4:44 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Court filings: Family behind OxyContin used Swiss bank accounts to conceal transfer of millions of dollars to themselves.

Correction: Opioids Crisis-Bankruptcy-Q&A story

Sep. 13, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

In a story Sept. 12 about the impact of a possible Purdue Pharma bankruptcy on the Sackler family, The Associated Press reported erroneously who founded Purdue Pharma and when. Mortimer, Raymond and Arthur Sackler purchased Purdue Frederick in 1952; they did not found Purdue Pharma that year. Raymond and Mortimer...

Chaotic talks show challenge of reaching opioid settlement

Sep. 13, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

For months, the judge overseeing national litigation over the opioids crisis urged all sides to reach a settlement that could end thousands of lawsuits filed by state and local governments. But the chaotic developments this week in the case against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma underscore how difficult that goal...

What a Purdue Pharma bankruptcy means for the Sackler family

Sep. 13, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

Purdue Pharma could be heading for bankruptcy but the extent to which it would affect the Sackler family fortunes remains unclear. The company, which makes OxyContin and other drugs, this week reached a tentative agreement with thousands of local governments and more than 20 states over its role in the opioid...

Settlement money won't restore Ohio city upended by opioids

Sep. 12, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The tentative settlement involving the opioid crisis and the maker of OxyContin could mean that thousands of local governments will one day be paid back for some of the costs of responding to the epidemic. But for public officials in Akron, no amount of money will restore the families...