States split by party on accepting Purdue Pharma settlement

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FILE – This May 8, 2007, file photo shows the Purdue Pharma logo at its offices in Stamford, Conn. It’s not entirely clear what a bankruptcy filing for Purdue Pharma would mean for the wealth of the Sackler family behind the business. Depending on how various legal actions proceed, the billionaire family could be on the hook for much more than outlined in the settlement. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up.

The nation’s Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, while their Democratic counterparts have mostly come out against it, decrying it as woefully inadequate.

Exactly why this is so is unclear, and some of those involved suggested it can’t necessarily be explained by the way the Republicans have long been seen as the business-friendly party and the Democrats are sometimes more hostile to corporate America.

Some of the attention has focused on the role played by Luther Strange, a Republican former Alabama attorney general who has been working for members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma.

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