'You murdered my daughter': Relatives of OxyContin victims clash with the Sacklers

While state and local governments will split billions from the Sacklers and Purdues for treatment and prevention programs, if the current...


While state and local governments will split billions from the Sacklers and Purdues for treatment and prevention programs, if the current draft — or an approximation — of Purdue’s bankruptcy and settlement plan were passed, individual victims would get much less. They can seek compensation from a fund of up to $750 million and could collect amounts ranging from $3,500 to $48,000.

Parents and guardians of about 6,550 children with a history of neonatal abstinence syndrome can each receive about $7,000. Many have to prove that OxyContin was directly involved – a high bar, considering the time lapse and difficulty in locating records.

The hearing with the Sacklers emerged from the last round of negotiations among the Sacklers, eight states and Washington, DC, which, in addition to New Hampshire, voted against Purdue Pharma’s latest bankruptcy plan. The latest terms include an increased contribution from Sackler of up to $6 billion. Although considerable hurdles loom to finalize the deal, one condition, demanded by a judge who mediated the talks, was what happened Thursday: Those deeply affected by the opioid epidemic finally got their day in court.

One of the latest to make a statement was Vicki Bishop, who spoke about her firstborn, Brian, a construction worker who was prescribed OxyContin after an accident at work.

She concluded with a request: “That when you, Richard, David and Theresa lay your heads on your pillows tonight and close your eyes to sleep, that you see my son Brian and visualize his life as an opioid addict that led him to the age of 45 on a cold steel table in the Baltimore County medical examiner’s office, blue, alone and dead of a fatal overdose.

“I want you to think about your personal role in all of this,” she said. “Because that’s what I see every night when I close my eyes and try to find the sleep that rarely comes.”

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