Sept 2, 2021 – “A bankruptcy settlement should not absolve the Sacklers and their partners in crime from their culpability in the opioid epidemic. While funds to support on-going treatment and prevention efforts are important, the Sacklers should not be able to buy their way out of responsibility for their actions. This decision sets a dangerous precedent and bolsters the reality of two different justice systems: one for the rich and powerful and one for working Americans. I urge the Department of Justice to appeal this ruling to ensure Purdue’s victims and their families can have their day in court.” Senator Markey is a Congressional leader in the effort to combat the opioid crisis and hold Purdue Pharma accountable, having called on the Department of Justice in 2016 to investigate allegations that Purdue made false claims about the longevity of OxyContin’s pain-relieving properties.


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