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It's past time--I'm holding Big Pharma accountable

For years, pharmaceutical companies have misled the public about the risk of abuse and addiction from opioids, making billions of dollars in the process.

About 700 people die every year in Washington due to the opioid crisis – more than car accidents or firearm deaths – but Purdue Pharma continues to rake in billions in profits. In 2011, 112 million doses of prescription opioids were prescribed in Washington – enough for a 16-day supply for every man, woman and child in our state.

It's past time for talk; we need to take action. That's why I filed a major lawsuit against one of the nation's largest opioid manufacturers and marketers for their role in creating the opioid epidemic that is devastating Washington families.

I am demanding the maker of Oxycontin surrender the millions of dollars in profits it made by misleading Washington consumers about the risks of its product.

The Washington Post and 60 Minutes just completed a joint investigation showing how the pharmaceutical industry has gamed the system by convincing Congress to weaken the DEA's tools to fight the opioid epidemic.

If Congress is caving to powerful special interests, it's critical that Washington state step up to act.

Purdue Pharma ignored the consequences of its opioids and profited from the deception. It's time to hold them accountable for causing widespread addiction and the resulting devastation to our families.

The health and safety of our community depends on it.


Posted on October 17, 2017.