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.