According to a new report, Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceutical company accused of helping the engineer and taking advantage of the opioid epidemic, would also have considered extending treatment to addiction. the Article by ProPublica is allegedly based on secret parts of a lawsuit brought by the state of Massachusetts against Purdue and members of the Sackler family, owners of the company. The lawsuit alleges that OxyContin was misleadingly sold by Purdue and downplayed its dangers. Purdue says that he will continue to defend himself.

According to ProPublica, obscured parts of the documents apparently show that Purdue wanted to capitalize on the treatment of addiction. The article quotes an "internal correspondence" between Purdue Pharma executives explaining how the "sale" and treatment of opioid dependence are "naturally linked". ProPublica adds, "As OxyContin sales went down, Purdue's in-house team touted the fact that the drug treatment market was expanding."

ProPublica has specifically named Kathe Sackler as being involved in a secret project called "Project Tango", which purdue Purdue to enter the drug treatment market.

The redacted documents would also indicate that Richard Sackler was "complaining" by email that a Google alert from OxyContin "gave him too much information about the dangers of the drug".

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In an interview with Tony Dokoupil, a CBS News correspondent, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the Sackler family "does not want to accept blame for it".

"They blame doctors, they blame prescribers and, worse yet, they blame patients," said Healey.

In a statement, Purdue Pharma called the publication of this information "a part of the constant efforts to isolate Purdue, blame him for the whole opioid crisis and judge the case in the court of public opinion." rather than the judicial system ".

According to a court order, the state has until Friday noon to publish the information redacted. It is not known who published it early.

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office told CBS News that he had not released the redacted information and would not confirm the information contained in the ProPublica article.

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