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Victims’ Families and Survivors of Opioids Epidemic Confront Sackler Family in Historic Hearing

HeadlineMar 11, 2022

In a watershed event in the ongoing reckoning over the opioid crisis, victims of the epidemic have directly confronted the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma. In a hearing Thursday as part of Purdue’s bankruptcy settlement, 26 people from 19 states shared with the Sacklers the pain and tragedy they and their families faced because of addiction to OxyContin. Ryan Hampton, opioids survivor, author and activist, said, “I hope that every single victim’s face haunts your every waking moment and your sleeping ones, too. I hope you hear our names in your dreams. I hope you hear the screams of the families who find their loved ones dead on the bathroom floor. … You poisoned our lives and had the audacity to blame us for dying.”

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