Colorado hasn’t agreed to settlement over opioid crisis

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FILE – This Tuesday, May 8, 2007, file photo shows the Purdue Pharma logo at its offices in Stamford, Conn. Arizona’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to force the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, to return billions of dollars they took out of the company. The court filing on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, marks the first time the high court has been asked to weigh in directly on the nation’s opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser says his state hasn’t agreed to a settlement with Purdue Pharma or its owners over the national opioid epidemic.

A tentative deal was announced Wednesday involving about half the states and thousands of local governments, but Weiser said the proposal doesn’t go far enough to address the damage opioids have done in Colorado.

Purdue, owned by the Sackler family, manufactures OxyContin.

In a written statement, Weiser said, “No current offer adequately addresses the harm that Purdue and the Sacklers have caused to communities and individuals in Colorado by contributing to the opioid crisis.”

He said the state is still working on an acceptable settlement.

Purdue and members of the Sackler family reached a $270 million settlement with Oklahoma in March.

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