Opioids According to the 312-page complaint filed in Massachusetts, “By their misconduct, the Sacklers have hammered Massachusetts families in every way possible.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

The state of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma that alleges extraordinary efforts to saturate the country with prescriptions for its opioid painkillers.

Stat reports that newly public details from the suit allege that in 1996, when Oxycontin hit the market, Dr. Richard Sackler told attendees at the drug launch party that the drug’s appearance on the public stage “will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.”

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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