NPR, February 3, 2017
Rachel Martin, interviewing Harriet Ryan


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City officials in Everett - that's in western Washington state - are taking a bold step in their effort to control the opioid crisis. The city filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of OxyContin, a leading opioid pain medication, claiming the manufacturer knew the drug was being illegally trafficked to residents and did not act to stop it. The suit accuses the manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, of gross negligence.

And it says the company should pay the costs of handling the crisis. This lawsuit follows a sweeping investigation by the Los Angeles Times that traced pills illegally prescribed in LA to cities across the West Coast. Reporter Harriet Ryan was part of a team of reporters on that investigation and spoke with our colleague Rachel Martin. [...]

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