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Drug programs get OxyContin money

Some of the $19 million in settlement money from the maker of the painkiller OxyContin is going to drug treatment and education programs in Southwest Virginia.

As reported by the Associated Press, more than $650,000 is being distributed, most of it for treatment of residents dependent on opiate-based drugs such as OxyContin.

The money comes from settlement of a civil case that claimed Purdue Pharma L.P. encouraged doctors to overprescribe its OxyContin product.

Posted by Peter Vieth

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