Attorney general hopefuls say they’d go after opioid makers

Daniel Cameron and Greg Stumbo (L-R)
Both candidates for attorney general of Kentucky said Monday night that they would press legal action against manufacturers of opioids, and Democrat Greg Stumbo said he would pursue criminal charges against the Sackler family that owns Purdue Pharma, the make of Oxycontin.

“They are killing 30 Kentuckians a week,” Stumbo said in a 55-minute forum with Republican Daniel Cameron, a former aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight.”

Cameron said he would reopen the “paltry” $24 million settlement that the state got from Purdue Pharma in a lawsuit that Stumbo filed in Pike County as attorney general in 2004-07. The case was settled by his successor, Democrat Jack Conway, at the end of 2015.

Stumbo said he would seek to reopen the case if he finds that Purdue Pharma representatives lied in responding to questions in it.

Stumbo, 68, put more emphasis on the drug issue than Cameron, 33, and made his closing statement entirely about it.

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