A mayor, a pharma company, and OxyContin walk into a courtroom

Unfortunately, it’s not a joke. According to CBS News, the city of Everett, Washington is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of the medication OxyContin, for gross negligence and nuisance. The lawsuit, currently in a federal court in Seattle, claims Purdue was “supplying OxyContin to obviously suspicious pharmacies and physicians and enabling the illegal diversion of OxyContin into the black market,” and claims this is responsible for the city’s heroin crisis. Purdue has responded saying they are “deeply troubled by the abuse and misuse of our medication,” and “we look forward to presenting the facts in court.” If the case gets traction, look for other cities and states to take similar action – or for the sake of weak puns, follow suit.