Governor Wolf Issues Statement Supporting Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Lawsuit Against Purdue Pharma

May 14, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following in response to the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Josh Shapiro against Purdue Pharma:

“Purdue Pharma’s systematic process to build a customer base for OxyContin, as alleged by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, is appalling.

“Through initiatives like the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, expanding treatment options, and the ongoing disaster declaration, we have begun to curb the number of deaths from overdoses and get more people on the road to recovery. But we are still facing years of struggle before we undo the harm caused by the opioid epidemic.

“Purdue Pharma preyed on Pennsylvanians of all types, including the elderly and patients already struggling with opioid use disorder. By creating a revolving door clientele that endlessly sought an increasing amount of opioids prescribed by doctors who were deliberately fed misinformation by Purdue Pharma, this deplorable company contributed to a crisis that has negatively impacted the lives of all Pennsylvanians.

“I support Attorney General Shapiro’s efforts to ensure that Purdue Pharma is held accountable for its role in creating and worsening this public health crisis.”

View more information on the Wolf Administration’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, including his opioid disaster declaration.

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