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Opioid Patient Worth $200,000 to Purdue, State Says

  • Massachusetts fires back at Sacklers’ move to dismiss its suit
  • Billionaire Purdue owners say their part of market is small
Protesters gather outside court in Boston on Aug. 2.
Protesters gather outside court in Boston on Aug. 2.Photographer: Charles Krupa/AP Photo
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Massachusetts took Purdue Pharma LP to task in a Boston courtroom Friday, blaming the opioid maker and the billionaire Sackler family that owns it for causing “thousands of people to suffer and many to die.”

The state has proof Purdue targeted doctors to prescribe large volumes of high-dose pills to their patients, Assistant Attorney General Sydenham Alexander III told the court.