Purdue Pharma’s signature product, Oxycontin, is at the centre of a series of lawsuits surrounding an epidemic of opioid addictions and opioid-related deaths in the US. Photograph: Darren McCollester/Getty

As scrutiny of Purdue Pharma’s role in the opioid epidemic in the US intensified during the past 12 years, its owners, members of the Sackler family, (...)

Bottles of prescription painkiller OxyContin pills, which are made by Purdue Pharma. Photograph: George Frey/Reuters

Makers of the OxyContin painkiller that has been blamed for fuelling an epidemic of opioid abuse have settled their first in a series of lawsuits brou(...)