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Vermont Did Not Sign On To Opioid Lawsuit Settlement

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan talks to Burlington High School students during addiction forum
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (file)

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says the state did not sign on to a proposed bankruptcy plan stemming from a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, about its role in the nationwide opioid crisis.
Vermont is one of nine states and the District of Colombia that does not support the plan announced Thursday.

Donovan says the proposal does not sufficiently hold the Sackler family, the founders and owners of Purdue Pharma, sufficiently accountable.

In all, Sackler family members are contributing more than $4 billion for prevention, treatment and recovery efforts from opioid addiction across the country. Purdue said in a statement that it will try to build “even greater consensus” for its plan.

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