Opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs like OxyContin, were a factor in a record 48,000 deaths across the US in 2017, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. File photo: AP

OxyContin maker Purdue reaches US$270 million settlement in US opioid case

  • Out-of-court settlement in the first major test of who will pay for more than two decades of death and addiction sparked by prescription opioids
  • Purdue Pharma is facing hundreds of lawsuits in the US over claims that OxyContin causes addiction
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Opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs like OxyContin, were a factor in a record 48,000 deaths across the US in 2017, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. File photo: AP
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