Purdue wins backing of 23 states for opioid settlement, R.I. not among them

PURDUE PHARMA has reportedly won the backing of about half of U.S. states and territories for a proposed $12 billion settlement. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GEORGE FREY
PURDUE PHARMA has reportedly won the backing of about half of U.S. states and territories for a proposed $12 billion settlement. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GEORGE FREY
WILMINGTON, Del. – Purdue Pharma LP won the backing of about half of U.S. states and territories for a proposed settlement of claims it illegally marketed opioid painkillers, in a deal that could provide about $12 billion to help communities deal with the public-health crisis tied to the medicines, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Twenty-three…

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