Sackler Family Received $12 Bln to $13 Bln From Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma

Members of the Sackler family received $12 billion to $13 billion in payments from Purdue Pharma based on court filings in the opioid maker’s bankruptcy case, according to a published report Friday.

The estimate of how much the privately held company owned by the Sacklers sent to family members was contained in a deposition in the case, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The amounts are far greater than the $4 billion previously estimated by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, according to the report.

Twenty-four states, and more than 500 cities, counties and tribes are pursuing claims against the company in bankruptcy proceedings.

Highly addictive prescription opioids have ravaged hundreds of communities and are tied to tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the past decade.

Earlier this week, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reached a $20.4 million settlement with two Ohio counties over opioids, in a deal to avoid inclusion in a major opioid trial set for later this month in Cleveland.

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