OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

PURDUE PHARMA, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of over $8 billion, Justice Department officials told The Associated Press. Pictured is the Purdue Pharma logo at its offices in Stamford, Conn. /AP PHOTO/DOUGLAS HEALEY
WASHINGTON (AP) - Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials announced Wednesday. The company will plead guilty to three counts, including…

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