Oklahoma AG accuses Purdue Pharma of executing covert disinformation campaign

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter claims Purdue Pharma executed a covert disinformation campaign attacking attorneys general who filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, according to a KRMG news report.

Mr. Hunter released what were previously confidential documents Feb. 14. The documents allegedly show that Purdue worked with a public relations firm to plant stories in national publications and on social media targeting various attorneys general. Mr. Hunter claims Purdue sought to delegitimize the lawsuits and shift the blame of the opioid crisis to victims of opioid addiction.

"These documents are damning evidence showing Purdue executives were more interested in spreading propaganda than stopping the death toll from rising and fixing the problem they created," Mr. Hunter told KRMG.

Purdue Pharma did not immediately respond to Becker's Hospital Review's request for comment.

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