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the company behind the prescription opioid oxycontin reach to two hundred and seventy million dollar settlement with the state of Oklahoma he agreement resolves a lawsuit that accused the company Purdue pharmaceutical of helping fuel in hope you would abuse epidemic and the suit didn't just target Purdue the state Attorney General accused Johnson and Johnson and to have a pharmaceutical of deceptive marketing the state claimed the pharma companies downplayed the risks of addiction and overstated their drugs benefits the companies deny the charges Jane Jay and have are not parties to the settlement and those claims is still stand the state had been seeking more than twenty billion dollars in damages according to court papers the Oklahoma settlement is the first to to result from a wave of recent lawsuits accusing produ of deceptively marketing pain killers the Stamford Connecticut based company has been exploring filing for chapter eleven bankruptcy protection because of potential liabilities stemming from the lawsuits the US centers for disease control say opioids including prescription pain killers and illegal drugs such as heroin and Sentinel were involved in a record forty seven thousand six hundred overdose deaths in two thousand seventeen in the United States