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Mass. AG Says Family Behind Purdue Pharma Pushed Painkillers Even As Overdose Deaths Rose06:56
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OxyContin, shown in this file photo, is made by Purdue Pharma. (Toby Talbot/AP)
OxyContin, shown in this file photo, is made by Purdue Pharma. (Toby Talbot/AP)
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There were over 2,000 opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts in 2017 out of the 72,000 opioid-related deaths nationwide.

In a new memo, Attorney General Maura Healey alleges the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, aggressively pushed the painkiller in the state even after employees told the family that opioid-related overdose deaths had tripled.

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Christine Willmsen, WBUR's Senior Investigative Editor-Reporter. She tweets @christinesea.

This segment aired on January 16, 2019.

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