Purdue Pharma paying $20 million to Canadians addicted to prescription painkillers


The largest opioid supplier in the country is agreeing to pay over two thousand Canadians addicted to painkillers.

Purdue Pharma created Oxycontin, a powerful opioid created in the 90’s that is commonly prescribed by doctors as pain medication.

The pharmaceutical company is accused of advertising Oxycontin without warning Canadians about the addictive side effects.

Canadians now depend on opioids like Oxycontin and Fentanyl more than any other country in the world.

The twenty million dollar lawsuit placed by patients addicted to painkillers has been in court for ten years. The settlement must now await approval by Canadian courts.

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Brandon Maher
Brandon Maher is a feature reporter with CKLB who comes from the muggy-air filled streets of Cambridge, Ontario. A graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Niagara College, Brandon has also worked with Rogers TV in Kitchener and Shaw TV in Calgary. For questions, concerns and story ideas contact Brandon at 867-446-6417.

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