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Family and friends who lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses left pill bottles in protest outside the Stamford, Conn., headquarters of Purdue Pharma in August 2018. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

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Partisan Divide Grows Over Opioid Settlement Plan

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The overprescription of opioid pain medications such as these oxycodone pills has been blamed for an addiction epidemic in the U.S. — and has spurred a flurry of activity in American courts. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Purdue Pharma's headquarters in Stamford, Conn., seen earlier this month. The OxyContin manufacturer has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but some want the company's owners to face criminal charges over the opioid crisis. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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As Drugmakers Face Opioid Lawsuits, Some Ask: Why Not Criminal Charges Too?

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Members of P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) and Truth Pharm staged a protest on Thursday outside Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn., over its recent controversial opioid settlement. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Purdue Pharma, owned by members of the Sackler family, has tentatively struck a deal that would settle thousands of lawsuit brought by municipal and state governments alleging that the drug maker helped fuel the country's deadly opioid crisis. George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Purdue Pharma Reaches Tentative Deal To Settle Thousands Of Opioid Lawsuits

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Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, is facing thousands of lawsuits seeking to hold it accountable for the opioid crisis. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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Purdue Pharma: Sackler Family's 'Personal Wealth' Offered In Opioid Deal

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Purdue Pharma and other health care giants are discussing potential deals with authorities that could resolve thousands of lawsuits they are facing over the U.S. opioid epidemic. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Judge Thad Balkman listens during opening arguments for the state of Oklahoma on Tuesday in Norman, Okla. It is the nation's first state trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis begins in Oklahoma. At right is a slide from the state's presentation shown on a monitor. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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'This Case Will Set A Precedent': 1st Major Opioid Trial Opens In Oklahoma

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"We fully respect and support the Sackler family's decision," says a spokesperson for the National Portrait Gallery in central London, after a gift was withdrawn. Members of the Sackler family are accused of pursuing profits on OxyContin amid an opioid crisis. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"What's important to me is that the facts come to light, and we get justice and accountability," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said about litigation that has made internal Purdue Pharma documents public. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Opioid Litigation Brings Company Secrets Into The Public Eye

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Families that lost loved ones to the opioid crisis protested outside Suffolk Superior Court in Boston as lawyers for Purdue Pharma entered the courthouse for a status update in the Massachusetts attorney general's suit against the company on Jan. 25. Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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A filing by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey detailed the Sackler family's role in Purdue Pharma's marketing of OxyContin. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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