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Well Done, Mr. Hunter


March 28, 2019

Hats off to Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter. The state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers has paid off in a $270 million settlement with only one of the 11 manufacturers named in the suit filed in Cleveland County.

"It is a new day in Oklahoma and for the nation in our battle against addiction and the opioid epidemic," Mr. Hunter was quoted as saying after settling with Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, and the Sackler family that controls that company.

Much of that money - $200 million - will flow to the Oklahoma State University Center for Wellness and Recovery in Tulsa. That money will be used to establish a national center on addiction modeled after the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Hunter said.

The settlement resolves Purdue Pharma issues with the state and the company will be dropped from the lawsuit. However, the state will continue litigation against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Johnson & Johnson and eight other manufacturers.

Mr. Hunter made it plain that he would be willing to talk with others named in the lawsuit. The trial is scheduled to begin May 28.

Well done, Mr. Attorney General. Keep up the good work ... and keep the pressure on.


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