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As Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Nears Approval, Family Members Write About The Human Toll – NPR

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Signage for Purdue Pharma headquarters stands in downtown Stamford, April 2, 2019 in Stamford, Connecticut. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company’s alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years.

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Signage for Purdue Pharma headquarters stands in downtown Stamford, April 2, 2019 in Stamford, Connecticut. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company’s alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years.

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Bankruptcy proceedings against Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, have often been opaque and bureaucratic, the outcome of the multi-billion dollar settlement shaped by backroom deal-making.

But woven into the court record are dozens of personal letters written by people who say their families were ravaged by addiction that began with the company’s powerful pain pills.

“Aloha, the honorable Judge Drain,” begins one letter written by Keola Kekuewa, a resident of Honolulu, in December of last year. He went on to describe the “horrors …….

Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/08/09/1025171160/victims-of-purdue-pharmas-painkillers-read-their-letters-to-the-court