State Sues Makers Of OxyContin

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Prescription pills hurt their people, tarnished their reputation and purged their coffers. Now they want payback.

Eastern Kentucky leaders in the drug-ridden mountains of Appalachia filed a class action lawsuit today against the manufacturer of OxyContin.

Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo and Pike County, Kentucky, officials led the charge against Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma. They're demanding millions of dollars in compensation for costs incurred in drug abuse programs, law enforcement and prescription payments through Medicaid and the Kentucky Pharmaceutical Assistance program.

OxyContin has been called "hillbilly heroin" in Appalachian states like Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

In 2001, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over the drug. That case resulted in a 10 million dollar settlement three years later.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by babyfatclaycity Location: powell co on Feb 13, 2008 at 07:13 PM
    ive taken oxys for 9 yrs there is no better drug for pain our chief of police was killed randy lacy he was one of the best people you ever meet then the boy that shot him was on oxys that none true he was on meth he killed a mna that was trying so hard to get clay city back in order its a shme he lost his life now the police has went wild on oxy arrest but they make it look good fletch is giving lots of time on drugs its a little late i can kill my wife get 5 yrs i sell a pill i get10yrs hes working his way out of a job why dont they stop the real drug dealers the drs we love u randy you told me the drs should fry and help the town get off these oxys hes right in loving mem randy
  • by elizabeth Location: fl on Oct 11, 2007 at 07:06 AM
    oh by the way, I realize that I have done this to myself, I am on a taper program now. I am a very normal wife, mother, professional, I travel, I have a fabulous career, I function VERY well. I just do it with these nasty little pills. as for the lawsuit...Users choice. The user knows immediately when they are becoming physically dependent, they can make the choice to continue or not. The fact remains if you have real pain, these are the best meds. No one forced me to ever take more than what I was perscibed. I knew it was wrong, I chose to do it.
  • by elizabeth Location: fl on Oct 11, 2007 at 06:59 AM
    When i became dependent on oxycodone, i ran out before my 30 days was up. My dr. then began perscribing the same amount to my husband, who by the way has no pain, has never had an mri, x-ray or the like. I feel sure that he has done this so that I will not run out. I've been taking this for 3 years and am not sure how i will ever be off this horrible medication
  • by mothers against drugs Location: KY on Oct 9, 2007 at 02:58 PM
    i think this STUPID drug should be taken off the shelves it is destroying our young people...and the old people are prescribed it but they just sell it for BIG bucks..i say start with the doctor and clean KY up..
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Oct 8, 2007 at 05:36 AM
    Sueing Perdue Pharm for making OXY is about as smart as suing gun manufacturers. The use and abuse of drugs is something in the long run that occurs when people, not properly prescribed this medication, misuse it. Jeers to Greg Stumbo as well, this is obviously politically motivated and in no way shape or form should our tax dollars be spent on this. Oxy is not meant to be used by any one but those with chronic pain, or a terminal illness. I agree with those of you that say responsibility should rest in the hands of the users and the doctors who write the scripts. For those of you who have suffered financial and family loss to the abuse of this drug, as hard as it is to admit, the fault lies with the family members who misused this stuff, not the company that makes it. This is the same kind of logic that got McDonalds sued over trans fats.
  • by Sue Hard Location: Eastky on Oct 7, 2007 at 10:53 PM
    You guys cant even comprehend the money this stuff has generated in all cases legal or illegal.Even if they win it will be a drop in the I would say bucket but its more like a lake.Two choices.Ban it all together or sue till they pull it themselves.
  • by ellen Location: kentucky on Oct 7, 2007 at 06:12 PM
    what about the ones who have lost love ones who cares the state gets money thats bull take care of the children who lost mothers fathers give them money at least they can build a life.
  • by joyceann Location: louisville on Oct 7, 2007 at 06:03 PM
    my husband died dr.collins of whitesburg ky gave him oxy for three years. then said no he couldnt. my husband went to the streets,he lost his life. my husband help build 119 he was a family man and was known as a hard working mountain man. I like to know more on this law suite.
  • by cidy Location: somerset on Oct 7, 2007 at 11:58 AM
    Why blame the poor user/addicts? Because they are the ones abusing the drugs! How stupid to sue the company. If the addicts hadnt wasnt doing Oxy they would be doing something else. It was never made to be crushed up and snorted up the nose of a bunch of losers.
  • by C Location: Somewhere on Oct 6, 2007 at 09:05 PM
    Your son did not take the drug as prescribed. Where is his personal responsibility? He could have also chosen not to take it. I've done that before with prescriptions because I chose to research any medicine going into my body. And it should be common knowledge that pain pills (along with some others) can cause dependency. You really need to stop making excuses.


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