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Idaho now plans action against OxyContin maker

May 16, 2019 - 7:36 pm

The flurry of legal actions against the company that makes OxyContin is intensifying.

The Idaho Attorney General's Office sent notices last week to Purdue Pharma and lawyers for the Sackler family, which owns the Connecticut-based drugmaker, that it intends to take legal action against them.

The letters were disclosed Thursday in response to a public records request made to the state by The Associated Press. They say Purdue had "ample opportunity" to reach a settlement.

The disclosure comes the same day that five other states announced lawsuits or administrative actions against the company, seeking to hold it accountable for an opioid crisis.

Now, all but three states have taken legal action against Purdue or indicated they plan to.

The company says states are using "stunningly overbroad legal theories" as they pursue the cases.

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