INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana is joining other states pursuing lawsuits against the family behind
the painkiller OxyContin, seeking to blame them for fueling the national
opioid addiction crisis.
The Indiana lawsuit
was filed Monday against eight members of Sackler family who own
Connecticut-based drugmaker Purdue Pharma. The Indiana attorney generalís
office filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma in November and at least 45
states have taken legal action against it in recent years.
lawsuit claims the Sacklers wrongly reaped billions in profits by directing
company strategies to downplay OxyContinís addiction risks. Attorney General
Curtis Hill says the familyís actions led to deaths across the country.
Purdue Pharma and Sackler family members have said such lawsuits
misleadingly blame them for a problem thatís far bigger than OxyContin.