Attorney General James’ Statement in Response to Deal Between U.S. DOJ and Purdue Pharma/Sackler Family

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement in response to a deal announced between the U.S. Department of Justice and opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma/the company’s owner, the Sackler family:

“While our country continues to recover from the pain and destruction left by the Sacklers’ greed, this family has attempted to evade responsibility and lowball the millions of victims of the opioid crisis. Today’s deal doesn’t account for the hundreds of thousands of deaths or millions of addictions caused by Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family. Instead, it allows billionaires to keep their billions without any accounting for how much they really made. From the beginning, we’ve aimed to unearth how much the Sacklers actually profited and how much they continue to hide away. While no amount of money can ever compensate the pain that so many now know, we will continue to litigate our case through the courts to secure every cent we can to limit future opioid addictions. We are committed to holding the Sacklers and others responsible for the role they played in fueling the opioid crisis.”