Who should be paid with settlement money from opioid medication producers?

PURDUE PHARMA and its owners, the Sackler family, are offering to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company related to the opioid epidemic for $10 billion to $12 billion. Who should receive the settlement money? / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GEORGE FEY
PURDUE PHARMA and its owners, the Sackler family, are offering to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company related to the opioid epidemic for $10 billion to $12 billion. Who should receive the settlement money? / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GEORGE FEY
On Aug. 26 an Oklahoma judge ordered health care giant Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $572 million for costs incurred in the public-health crisis brought about by the opioid epidemic. Soon after, Purdue Pharma and its owners were reported to be offering $10-$20 billion to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company…

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