Attorney General Greg Stumbo says the Oxycontin was made for cancer patients, but he claims Purdue Pharma drug reps told doctors to prescribe it to anyone with any kind of pain so they could turn a profit.
“We think that's fraudulent business practice,” says Greg Stumbo, Attorney General.
Oxycontin ended up in the hands of people like 25 year old Daniel Greene.
“It's pretty powerful. It's a dangerous drug. I never dreamed it would be as strong as it is,” says Daniel. The drug turned the college graduate into an addict. “I lost all sight of ambition and got into a lot of trouble. Feed the addiction through stealing and stuff like that.”
“Our jails are overflowing, mostly because of drugs,” says Jim Ward, Letcher County Judge-Executive.
They say other addicts died. Greene lost several friends, and Pike County alone has 40 oxycontin overdose deaths, but officials say those are only the reported ones.
“Stealing so much potential from our county and state,” says Wayne T. Rutherford.
In the suit, several Counties and the Commonwealth of Kentucky seek millions of dollars in restitution, and money to establish a state-wide medical monitoring program and more rehab centers.
“I believe treatment is the key,” says Greene.
It saved Greene's life, and he hopes Purdue Pharma's money will save others.
Greg Stumbo will not be attorney general when the case goes to court because he isn't running for re-election, but he says he is planning to go back to private practice and says he will help the attorneys on this case.