Oxycontin makers accused of peddling the opioid crisis
America's biggest drug company is under fire tonight, accused of setting people up for a dangerous addiction.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says Purdue Pharma, which makes Oxycontin, deceived patients and doctors about its risk.
The 300-page long document insist leaders at the drug company not only saw the opioid crisis coming, but also played a part in creating it.
Cory, a patient at the Adult and Teen Challenge Treatment Center of Chattanooga, says he first took Oxycontin at age 19 while recovering from oral surgery.
The court filings revealed emails from the drug giant's former president and chairman Richard saying, "The launch of Oxycontin Tablets will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition. The prescription blizzard will be so deep, dense, and white..."
Cory responded to the lawsuit, saying, "It sounds like they knew it would take people under."
Cory says he lost the modeling contract of his dreams as he battled an opioid addiction that led him to heroin.
The court filings revealed emails from Sackler called addicts "reckless criminals."
Paul Fuchar, Director of CADAS, says criminalizing addiction is a dangerous practice.
Echoing Cory's experience, he added that "people are turning from legal prescriptions to illegal drugs."
New Tennessee laws went into effect January 1, limiting the amount of pills doctors can prescribe when they hand out opioids.