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WV Metro News: Tentative national settlement with Oxycontin-maker Purdue Pharma is reached

This article was originally published in WV Metro News.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Purdue Pharma, producer of the painkiller Oxycontin, has a tentative settlement over its role in the opioid addiction crisis that has ravaged communities across the country, including many in West Virginia.

The tentative settlement would be with 22 state attorneys general and more than 2,000 cities and counties that sued the company.

“West Virginia’s cities and counties would take part in that,” said Rusty Webb, a Charleston attorney who represents the largest cities in West Virginia, about 25 more medium and small cities, plus a few counties.

Charleston lawyer Anthony Majestro, whose firm has partnered with five others to represent over 600 cities and counties across the country — including several in West Virginia — says he is recommending acceptance to those clients.

“The sooner we can get this money into the hands of those who can treat the people affected by the crisis, the quicker our communities will heal,” Majestro said. “The intent of these funds is to put the money into treatment programs.”

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