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March 15, 2017

Everett sues the maker of OxyContin

  • The city contends Purdue Pharma created a market for addicts that didn't exist until the company let its pills flood Everett's streets.
    Associated Press

    As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating his working-class city.

    Mayor Ray Stephanson stepped up patrols, hired social workers to ride with officers and pushed for more permanent housing for chronically homeless people. The city says it has spent millions combating OxyContin and heroin abuse — and expects the tab to rise.

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