Pennsylvania AG sues OxyContin maker

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Dozens of other states have already sued

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

  • In a lawsuit, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro alleges that Purdue Pharma “created the opioid epidemic that is killing Pennsylvanians.” Transforming Health reporter Brett Sholtis breaks down the 121-page lawsuit.

  • Pennsylvania is at least the 39th state to make that type of claim against Connecticut-based Purdue, The Associated Press reports.Purdue has argued that states are cherry-picking information, it accounts for a small portion of opioids prescribed in the United States, and that illicit fentanyl is the driver of fatal overdose rates.

  • Some counties in Pennsylvania have also sued painkiller manufacturers. Delaware County was the first in the state to do so in 2017. Some other plaintiffs weren’t happy that more than 40 cases were corralled into the Delaware County courthouse, Catherine Dunn of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in March.

Best of the rest

Gun rights advocates gather for an annual rally at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday, May 6, 2019.

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Gun rights advocates gather for an annual rally at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday, May 6, 2019.

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Liz Navratil describes the fight in Harrisburg over who is allowed to regulate guns.

  • The Associated Press’ Marc Levy describes some key races to watch on May 21. The list includes contests for Philly mayor, two open Superior Court seats, the 12th congressional district special election, and three state legislative special elections.

  • Lawmakers want to set a minimum age of 18 to get married in Pennsylvania without any exceptions. PennLive’s Jan Murphy has the details.


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