The state of Massachusetts is holding opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma responsible for a major part of the opioid crisis in a lawsuit filed June 12. The criminal complaint against Purdue, maker of such well-known opioid brands such as OxyContin, is the first to target the executives of the manufacturer by name, and also calls out the practices of the company as “illegal deceit.” The state argues that the deceptive practices of Purdue fueled the drug crisis while also making profit for their company. Purdue is also defending lawsuits from other local governments and states, though these complaints technically call out only the company’s name.

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts sued the maker of prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin and its executives on Tuesday, accusing the company of spinning a “web of illegal deceit” to fuel the deadly drug abuse crisis while boosting profits.

Purdue Pharma is already defending lawsuits from several states and local governments, but Massachusetts is the first state to personally name the company’s executives in a complaint, Attorney General Maura Healey said. It names 16 current and former executives and board members, including CEO Craig Landau and members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue.

The lawsuit alleges Purdue deceived patients and doctors about the risks of opioids, pushed prescribers to keep patients on the drugs longer and aggressively targeted vulnerable populations, like the elderly and veterans. Click Here to Continue Reading

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Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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