Skip to main content

Minnesota to get at least $50M in opioid crisis settlement with OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma

The money will go to prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts related to the opioid crisis.

Minnesota stands to receive at least $50 million as part of a larger settlement with Purdue Pharma and its owners over their role in fueling the American opioid crisis.

The settlement with the makers of OxyContin was agreed to by 15 states late Wednesday. The Sackler family, which owns and operates the now-bankrupt Purdue Pharma, will pay a total of $4.325 billion to these states over the next nine years, with the funding used for prevention, treatment and recovery efforts related to the opioid crisis.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, in announcing the state's support for the settlement agreement, said "no amount of money" could "make up for the pain" caused by Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers. Ellison, in his lawsuit, said both parties aggressively pushed the OxyContin painkiller to medical professionals and consumers, while keeping its risks and potential harm out of public view.

“When it came to the Sackler family, they knew the damage they were causing — and they caused it anyway, all for the sake of personal profit and their own self-glorification," Ellison said in Thursday's announcement.

Related: MDH reports sharp rise in drug overdose deaths during pandemic

Minnesota's slice will be overseen by the Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council, according to the attorney general's office.

The family and company will also have to publicly disclose more than 30 million documents, which Ellison said means "no one will ever forget what they did to us and no one can ever do it again."

“Let’s remember what the opioid crisis is about: addiction, suffering, and death for too many Minnesotans and their families, and devastation for too many Minnesota communities, especially rural communities and communities of color — all while corporations like Purdue and the individuals that controlled them reaped billions in profits from it," he said.

The Minnesota attorney general first sued Purdue Pharma in 2018, alleging consumer fraud. The following year, Ellison amended the complaint to add eight members of the Sackler family, claiming they were directly involved in the wrongdoing.

Related: Minnesota to receive nearly $8M in McKinsey opioid settlement

"The Sacklers knew as early as 1999 that Purdue’s powerful prescription opioids led to addiction — yet continued to personally direct and participate in misconduct that led to the opioid epidemic, by directing misrepresentations about the risks and benefits of long-term use of opioids that they knew were false or misleading," Ellison's office said.

The settlement deal still needs to be finalized, NPR reports, but with these 15 states assenting to the current plan, that will likely happen next month. Bloomberg has more details about the settlement, including additional requirements for the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma going forward.

Next Up


Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise

“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.

Kris Richard Severin

Inmate who escaped Minnesota prison is captured

The inmate escaped Wednesday morning.

Brave New Comedy Workshop in downtown Minneapolis.

Brave New Workshop cancels shows due to COVID-19 cases

The shows were scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.

Austin Retterath

Body of missing U of M student found in Mississippi River

Austin Retterath was last seen alive in the morning hours of May 8.

"Love" mural seen in St. Paul.

Summer mural events to bring together community, shine light on MN artists

The 2022 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival will take place this weekend in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, with ensuing events happening this summer.


Gallery: Remodeled lakeside home in Prior Lake on market for $2.8M

It offers privacy at the end of a dead-end road fronting onto Lower Prior Lake.

golden valley police department

Carjacking outside ice arena in Golden Valley under investigation

Golden Valley PD confirmed it received a report of a carjacking Monday evening.


Signs that MN Legislature could move to loosen liquor laws

A provision was approved by a legislature committee on Thursday but still awaits a final decision from the House and Senate.

US Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium looking to hire 400 part-time workers

A hiring fair will be held for the positions.


prescription medication drugs opioids pill bottle

Minnesota to receive nearly $8M in McKinsey opioid settlement

The money will go to opioid prevention and education in Minnesota.

Flickr - pills bottle spilloliver.dodd

Latest opioid settlement could bring more than $300M to MN

The money would be paid out over the next 18 years.

hutchinson health hospital

Hutchinson Hospital forgives $184K in medical debt following settlement

The AG's office accused the nonprofit hospital of violating a regulatory agreement.

Pexels - moving boxes

Landlord group sues governor, attorney general over eviction moratorium

The suit argues property owners are left in a bind due to the executive order.

Keith Ellison

AG Ellison announces $81 million settlement with tobacco companies

Ellison's 2018 lawsuit alleged that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company failed to make required payments to the state.

Minnesota gets $16.6 million in grants to fight the opioid crisis

Last year, nearly 2,500 opioid overdoses were reported in Minnesota.


Bill would make drug companies pay millions for opioid crisis

Manufacturers and wholesalers would be responsible for $20 million annually.

Gov. Dayton wants to charge drug companies a 'penny-a-pill' to curb opioid crisis

The money would be used to prevent addiction and help with treatment.