The wealthy family behind a painkiller which is widely blamed for the country's opioid crisis has been targeted in a lawsuit filed by the state of Massachusetts.
The Sackler family, whose combined net worth in 2014 was estimated to be $14billion, owns Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceuticals company which produces OxyContin.
In a lawsuit filed on Thursday, members of the family along with other company executives are named as defendants and are accused of spinning a 'web of illegal deceit.'
Purdue Pharma is already defending lawsuits from several states and local governments, but Massachusetts is the first state to personally name the company's executives in a complaint, Attorney General Maura Healey said.
It names 16 current and former executives and board members, including CEO Craig Landau.