For twenty years, opioid drugs have inflicted misery and death on thousands Americans. Could China be next?
The Sackler family, which owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, is believed to have transferred about $1 billion (€900 million) to themselves, including to their Swiss bank accounts, court papers showed.
The US company said its bankruptcy filings form part of a settlement with two dozen states worth more than $10 billion. Purdue Pharma is accused of fueling the US opioid crisis, which has killed nearly 400,000 people.
China is the world's second-largest economy and is fast catching up on the US amid a trade war, while Russia is, well, still Russia. So, as the BRICS meet up, we ask what is the point of this oddly divergent group.
Tensions between the US and China have been running high as a result of the ongoing trade war. Could a rare collaboration to bring down an international opiate smuggling gang be a sign of peace between the two powers?
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