W. Virginia's Governor Proposes Special Fund For OxyContin Forfeitures

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia has won $44.1 million for
helping federal authorities target the painkiller OxyContin, but
now needs a way to administer that money.

Gov. Joe Manchin asked lawmakers Monday to create an OxyContin
Asset Forfeiture Fund, which the State Police would draw from over
the next two years for approved law enforcement activities.

The money stems from a three-year investigation of drug maker
Purdue Pharma. Seven West Virginia troopers and a civilian staffer
together logged more than 4,000 hours working on the case. The
probe yielded $634.5 million in fines against the company and three
current and former executives.

Federal prosecutors alleged Purdue Pharma misled the public
about the painkiller's addiction risks.

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  • by retired educator Location: E. KY on Feb 19, 2008 at 04:03 PM
    I know what to do with this money!! Why not give it to the lawyers and judges, so they can expand their drug business and get more kids hooked!! Sound like a winner? NOT
  • by Me Location: Pike County on Feb 18, 2008 at 12:03 PM
    Well are they finally looking at the doctors whom are causing all of the crimes by giving these young people this stuff and they have to make conterfiet to keep it up and then the federal gets them and spends more time than killing someone gets. Get Real Feds. Quit taking peoples money and getting the ones off that has money. You are a joke.


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