Morrisey cautiously looking at Purdue-Pharma settlement

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ST. MARYS, W.Va. (WTAP) - Update: 9/13/2019 4:35 P.M.

State attorneys general from across the country have mixed reactions to a tentative settlement reached with opioid maker Purdue-Pharma.

In St. Marys Thursday night, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey emphasized the agreement is not a final settlement.

Announced Wednesday, it calls for the Connecticut-based company to pay up to $12 billion, with its owners giving up control of the company.

One concern: Purdue-Pharma could be heading for bankruptcy.

"I was very worried about being outside that room, and having West Virginia's interests carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey by everyone else," Morrisey says. "This allows us to get in the room, have a discussion. And if it's not in the best interests of West Virginia, when the final agreement is reached, I'll say no, pull us off."

Across the river, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's office has said the potential deal allows Ohioans to receive relief as quickly as possible, in light of the rumored bankruptcy.

West Virginia and Ohio are among the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis.


West Virginia's attorney general comes to St. Marys Thursday night for a town hall about the opioid epidemic.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says it's good to listen and learn from people that are feeling the effects of this epidemic. He says he often gets different ideas at these town halls to go after the root cause of the problem.

He says problems are often solved at the local level. He says he's able to take what he learns and use it to draft legislation.

"In some of the town halls that we've had where we talked about opioids early on, we had some of the ideas of our Opioid Awareness Games of the Week that we used and now that's been very popular. We've had 165 games over the course of a number of years and these are ideas that frequently come from citizens," said Morrisey.

The town hall was at St. Marys High School auditorium.

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