On June 12, 2018, Attorney General Healey filed the first lawsuit by any state against the executives and directors of Purdue Pharma, the maker of opioid drugs, including OxyContin. The suit alleges that Purdue and its executives and directors deceived doctors and the public to get more people on addictive opioids, at higher doses, for longer periods of time, causing thousands of Massachusetts residents to suffer, overdose, or die. Meanwhile, members of the Sackler family, who controlled Purdue, paid themselves and their family more than $4 billion. Since the Attorney General filed this suit, every member of the Sackler family has resigned from the board of Purdue, and many other states and hundreds of cities and towns across America have brought their own suits against the Sacklers.
The Massachusetts suit is pending in Suffolk Superior Court, civil action number 1884-cv-01808 (BLS2).