Attorney General sues Purdue Pharma and foster care in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

What to look for on Smart Talk, Wednesday, May 22, 2019:

Since 2017, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has been part of a coalition of 41 states investigating opioid makers and distributors. Last week, his office filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin.

According to the filing, sales representatives from Purdue made 531,000 visits to Pennsylvania, second only to California, and continued to push doctors to prescribe opioids to patients even when they did not need them. The suit alleges a violation of Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the lawsuit and his office’s efforts to combat opioid abuse is Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

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Linda Earhart and Sandra Schreffler

Also, across Pennsylvania, more than 13,000 children live in foster care. Most of the children enter the system facing serious barriers to success: trauma, mental health challenges, and abuse.

Organizations that help children also experience difficult challenges, foremost is finding willing, and suitable, families to foster.

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the state of foster care in the Commonwealth are Sandra Schreffler, foster care recruitment supervisor with the Children’s Home of Reading and Linda Earhart, Pennsylvania foster parent.