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The acknowledgement marks the first time an opioid maker has disclosed negotiations with state AGs who are seeking a big tobacco-style multibillion-dollar payout to cover the costs of burgeoning drug epidemics in their states. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Purdue Pharma LP acknowledged in a letter that the maker of the opioid painkiller Oxycontin is in “negotiations’’ with state attorneys general over lawsuits accusing the company of creating a public-health crisis with its mishandling of the drug.

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