"Today’s guilty plea comes too late for the millions of lives that Purdue’s crimes destroyed over the past decade.”
"FDA has tools that could mitigate opioid risks more effectively if the agency would be more assertive in using its power to control opioid prescribing, manufacturing, and distribution."
"The opioid crisis is an imminent danger and menace to Oklahomans."
There were more than 1 million years of life lost due to drug overdoses in the state.
The county says that opioid use and addiction has cost it millions of dollars.
In opening statements Tuesday, lawyers made a sweeping case against the company, accusing it of driving demand for opioids while the drug ravaged Oklahoma.
“The lack of awareness regarding the potentially deadly combination of fentanyl with cocaine or methamphetamine poses a significant risk to public health because of the heightened risk of overdose.”
"Especially in the last few years, if you look at the rates of increase of opioid overdose death rates, we find that especially black Americans have had a stark increase in the death rates compared to other groups – in fact, more than white Americans."
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