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Oregon to share in $573 million settlement with opioid promotion firm

$7.8 million to go to Measure 110 drug treatment, recovery fund

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined counterparts from 47 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories on Thursday in a $573 million settlement with one of the world’s largest consulting firms, McKinsey & Company.

Oregon’s share of the settlement is $7.8 million.

The settlement resolves allegations relating to McKinsey’s decades-long work guiding opioid companies in promoting their products and profiting from the opioid epidemic.

This is the first multi-state settlement resulting in substantial payment to the states to address the national opioid epidemic, Rosenblum said.

Oregon is a member of the multistate Executive Committee. Senior Assistant Attorney General David Hart was actively involved in negotiating the settlement.

“For years, McKinsey gave fuel to the opioid crisis by teaching drug manufacturers how to successfully sell more pills.  As a consultant, McKinsey shares responsibility for this national tragedy, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths, ” Rosenblum said.

“Today’s filing lays out how McKinsey used their specific brand of marketing to get doctors to prescribe more pills — and get Americans hooked.”

Oregon will also recover “out of pocket” expenses associated with the litigation. The $7.8 million in settlement funds will be deposited into the Drug Treatment and Recovery Services Fund account created by Ballot Measure 110 in 2020 and will be used to provide treatment to Oregonians with substance use disorders.

The settlement calls for McKinsey to publicly disclose online tens of thousands of its internal documents detailing its work for Purdue Pharma and other opioid companies.

In addition, McKinsey will implement a strict ethics code and will stop advising companies on potentially dangerous narcotics (Schedule II and III). They will also adopt a strict document retention plan and continue their investigation into allegations that two of their partners tried to destroy documents in response to investigations of Purdue Pharma.

Thursday’s filing is the latest action the Oregon attorney general has taken to combat the opioid epidemic and to hold accountable those who are responsible for creating and fueling the crisis.

Oregon is also involved with additional actions against Purdue Pharma, the Sackler Family (owners of Purdue Pharma) and the various national opioid manufacturers and distributors. All of these actions are being led in Oregon by Mr. Hart.  

“While many lawyers and investigators have ‘burned the midnight oil’ on these cases, no one works harder or is more dedicated to this cause than David Hart. I want to publicly thank him for his ongoing efforts on behalf of Oregon — and the whole country,” Rosenblum.

The Executive Committee consisted of the attorneys generals  of Oregon, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Vermont. The other Attorneys General signing on to the settlement are from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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  1. The settlement resolves allegations relating to McKinsey’s decades-long work guiding opioid (alcohol) companies in promoting their products and profiting from the opioid (alcohol) epidemic.
    If ya just change the word opioid to alcohol it makes one wonder how the state can point a finger at drug companies while running a liquor business.

  2. Here is the issue. Many people who have never had an addiction problem go to the doctor with a pain issue. Trusting their doctor and the FDA they are prescribed a drug that they do not realize will totally ruin their lives. I personally know of three such young men from fine families who were lost to drugs due to this in the last two years. Not everyone becomes an addict but some do and then they are no longer in control of their own actions no matter how hard they try. If you do not understand this then you do not truly understand what the word “addiction” means. Oxy was billed as totally nonaddictive when the FDA first approved it. It was heralded as a breakthrough in nonaddictive pain relief. But that claim was a lie and now we all know that. But for many, it is now too late.

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