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More than three dozen Democratic lawmakers asked the Department of Justice to consider filing criminal charges against Purdue Pharma executives and members of the wealthy Sackler family, which controls the drug maker, for their role in fomenting the opioid crisis.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, the lawmakers objected that federal authorities are reportedly nearing a plea agreement that would not require anyone from the company or the family to serve a “single day in prison,” despite having run a “criminal scheme” that caused “millions of unsuspecting people” to become addicted to the OxyContin painkiller.

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