“Through a systematic marketing campaign, sham ‘medical’ organizations, funded experts, and other shameful tactics, the defendants peddled false science designed to demonstrate that opioids were a safe, non-addictive treatment for pain,” Ford’s office said in a news release.
Ford said in a statement that the defendants came together to create an “unprecedented health crisis for their own profit” in Nevada.
“Their conspiracy to dupe doctors into prescribing more and more deadly and addictive pills has left countless Nevada families and the state suffering in the wake of their greed,” Ford said in the statement. “Their blatant disregard for human life shocks the conscience.”
The Sackler family also agreed to pay the state $75 million, while Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay $85 million.
However, Teva said at the time that the agreement “does not establish any wrongdoing on the part of the company,” and that, “Teva has not contributed to the abuse of opioids in Oklahoma in any way.”