STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Several hundred protesters have gathered outside the Connecticut headquarters of Purdue Pharma and demanded the drug maker set up a fund to fight the nation's opioid crisis.

Demonstrators who rallied Friday in Stamford allege the company's marketing of its opioid painkiller OxyContin has helped fuel addiction and opioid overdose deaths. Federal government data show there were more than 47,000 reported opioid overdose deaths in the 12 months that ended in January, up from nearly 30,000 three years earlier.

The Advocate reports activists went inside the building to deliver a letter to Purdue Pharma chief executive Craig Landau demanding the company create a fund to battle the crisis.

The company said in a statement that it shares people's concerns about the crisis and is committed to finding solutions.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com