Virginia AG Accuses Perdue Pharma of Profiting from a Crisis it helped Create

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Newly unsealed data shows that Purdue Pharma pushed nearly 150 million opioid pills and patches, or 2.2 million prescriptions, into Virginia between 2008 and 2017, according to a news release from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office. The scale of Purdue’s program was revealed in a newly unredacted complaint in Herring’s lawsuit against the company for its alleged role in the state’s opioid crisis. Between 2008 and 2017, Purdue sold an estimated $18.7 billion in opioids, according to the release. In the majority of the 10-year period, the number of pills and patches was nearly double the population of the state. Herring sued Purdue Pharma in June, accusing the company of profiting from an opioid crisis that it helped create and prolong through a “decades-long campaign of lies and misrepresentations” in violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

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