OxyContin maker made billions peddling opioids, and treatments for addiction to them, lawsuit alleges

(CNN) – Cory Merrill, 23, started on the opiate OxyContin after surgery. He eventually turned to heroin. An overdose killed him eight years ago.

His mother, Cheryl Juaire, says he’d still be alive if it weren’t for Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin.

“They are ruthless people, who are just out for money at the expense of our children,” she said.