State joining tentative settlement with maker of OxyContin


LANSING — Michigan is joining a tentative multistate deal with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the company's role in the opioid epidemic.

State Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed her office's plan last week. Roughly half of the states are participating, while the other half reject the terms as insufficient.

Nessel said she respects fellow Democrat attorney generals who have opted out of settlement discussions, but she must pursue the course that's most beneficial to Michigan.

Nessel said Michigan residents are "best served by an infusion of funds into our state as quickly as possible, so we can begin providing relief to our hardest-hit communities and to provide assistance to those who are suffering from addiction."

The total deal may be worth up to $12 billion.

The company has since filed for bankruptcy protection.

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