Purdue Can Pay – level 1

30-08-2019 07:00

Opioids are a type of drug. Doctors give them to people in pain. In the USA, there is an opioid problem. Many people use opioids too much.

Between 1999 and 2017, 200,000 people die because they take too many opioids. Many people think that pharmaceutical companies make the problem happen.

Purdue is one of the companies. It makes the opioid OxyContin. The Sacler family has the company.

More than 2,000 people officially say that they think that Purdue contributes to the problem. Purdue is thinking about what to do. It has a plan. It thinks about giving away $10 billion to $12 billion to help this problem.

Difficult words: pharmaceutical companies (companies/businesses which make drugs), contribute (do something which makes something happen).

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