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Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, face hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company’s alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years.

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Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, face hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company’s alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years.

Drew Angerer / Getty Images

A federal bankruptcy judge said he would rule Wednesday in the case of Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin. The company is owned by the Sackler family, who are at the center of a nationwide toll on the deadly opioid epidemic.

NPR correspondent Brian Mann has been covering the history of Purdue Pharma for years and discussing how the Sacklers can get out of Purdue bankruptcy with their personal fortunes intact. Find more stories from Brian here or follow him on Twitter @BrianMannADK.

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