AG Tong Opposed To Tentative Opioid Settlement

AP
September 12, 2019 - 1:34 pm

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State attorneys general are offering mixed opinions on a tentative opioid-crisis settlement reached between governments and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family.

Arizona Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich says that "this is the quickest and surest way to get immediate relief for Arizona and for the communities that have been harmed by the opioid crisis and the actions of the Sackler family."

Ohio Republican Attorney General Dave Yost's office says the tentative deal "provides the greatest certainty for all Ohioans to receive relief as quickly as possible in light of rumored bankruptcy."

But Democratic Connecticut Attorney General William Tong says "the scope and scale of the pain, death and destruction that Purdue and the Sacklers have caused far exceeds anything that has been offered thus far."

Democratic Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the tentative deal is "a slap in the face to everyone who has had to bury a loved one due to this family's destruction and greed. It allows the Sackler family to walk away billionaires and admit no wrongdoing."