Family Behind OxyContin Calls Opioid Suit False, Misleading

This 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills. (Toby Talbot/AP)
This 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills. (Toby Talbot/AP)

The family that owns the company that makes OxyContin is calling a Massachusetts lawsuit false and misleading in its first court response to allegations that individual family members helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic.

In legal papers made public Tuesday, attorneys for the Sackler family say the claims against the family must be dismissed.

Massachusetts was among the first governments to sue the family as well as the company last year, but that number is growing.

The state had said one family member, Richard Sackler, promised at a 1996 launch event that OxyContin would have "a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition."

In the legal papers, the family says that was a joke about the severe weather that delayed his arrival at the event.

Resources: If you or anyone you know is living with addiction, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's website or call the helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).



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