New Jersey sues the Sackler family over the toll of their opioid prescription drugs that earned them $4BILLION over the past decade
- New Jersey filed a lawsuit against eight members of the Sackler family Thursday
- The lawsuit names: Purdue CEO and President Richard Sackler, Jonathan D. Sackler; Dr. Kathe Sackler; Ilene Sackler Lefcourt; Mortimer D.A. Sackler; Beverly Sackler; Theresa Sackler; and David A. Sackler
- The 200-page four-county suit alleges Purdue Pharma knew the addictive nature of their product and used ‘deceptive marketing practices’
- The family has made at least $4billion in the last decade from their company which sells prescription painkiller OxyContontin
- The family’s spokeswoman denies the allegations and called the suit ‘baseless’
- New Jersey joins at least the 11 states taking legal action against one or more family members over the toll of opioids
New Jersey has filed a lawsuit against the Sackler family, the dynasty behind the pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma that raked in billions through ‘deceptive’ marketing practices and contributed to the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that his office filed the lawsuit on Thursday against eight members of the Sackler family.
‘We allege that these eight defendants, despite knowing the highly addictive nature of their product, adopted highly deceptive marketing practices, encouraged reckless prescriptions and targeted multiple patient populations,’ Grewal said according to The Hill.
‘They sought and reaped huge profits from the suffering of others.’
The 200-page four-county lawsuit alleges that the Sackler family wasn’t just satisfied with ‘merely raking in’ millions of dollars and instead wanted billions.
New Jersey filed a lawsuit against eight members of the Sackler family Thursday. Purdue CEO and President Richard Sackler (left) ran the company from 1999 to 2003 and oversaw much of the increasing sales of OxyContin as it was being advertised. Richard and his brother Jonathan Sackler (right) are named in the lawsuit
Mortimer David Alfons Sackler (left) and Jacqueline Sackler (right) pictured in November 2006. Mortimer is named in the lawsuit
‘The Sackler family built a multi-billion-dollar drug empire based on addiction,’ Grewal said. ‘Despite knowing the harms that would result, the Sacklers drove Purdue to pursue deceitful sales campaigns for OxyContin and other highly addictive opioid painkillers.’
The family has made at least $4billion in the last decade from their company which sells prescription painkiller OxyContontin, according to court documents made public in Massachusetts earlier this year.
The family’s spokeswoman Nikki Ritchie says the family denies the allegations and called the suit ‘baseless.’
The four-county suit names former Purdue CEO and President Richard Sackler, along with Jonathan D. Sackler; Dr. Kathe Sackler; Ilene Sackler Lefcourt; Mortimer D.A. Sackler; Beverly Sackler; Theresa Sackler; and David A. Sackler.
New Jersey joins at least the 11 states taking legal action against one or more family members over the toll of opioids, prompting Purdue Pharma to announce in March it was considering legal options including bankruptcy that could upend the ongoing lawsuits against the company.
Several states have announced similar allegations against the Sackler family in the past month.
New Jersey joins at least the 11 states taking legal action against one or more family members over the toll of opioids. Purdue Pharma’s drug addictive opioid drug OxyContin pictured
Death dealrs: The Sackler family paid themselves $4,273,489,182 (above) in profits from opioid sales from 2008 and 2016 while over 235,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses
About 2,000 state, local and tribal governments have sued Purdue or other drug makers and distributors over opioids.
Most of those suits have been consolidated under one federal judge who is pushing for a settlement.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found opioids, including prescription painkillers and related drugs such as heroin, were involved in nearly 48,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2017, exceeding the number of people killed in auto accidents annually.
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