Chaotic talks show challenge of reaching opioid settlement

The failure of state attorneys general and the maker of OxyContin to reach a settlement in the opioid crisis means the legal battle over what the company must pay will probably shift to bankruptcy court.

Drug company Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family that owns Purdue have promised $10 billion to $12 billion. Many attorneys general want the Sacklers to pay more of their vast fortune, much of which has been shifted overseas.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says that Purdue and the Sackler family "will never be able to undo all the damage they have done.” Herring says, "but at the very least, they must face real, significant, personal accountability for their lies and for the pain and heartbreak they have caused."

Dawn Kamber