Opioids Epidemic

Ohio To Get $40M In Multistate Suboxone Settlement

Oct 24, 2019
Suboxone film strips that dissolve under the tongues of people addicted to opioids.
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The state Attorney General's Office says Ohio will receive nearly $40 million as part of a nationwide settlement with a British company that once distributed a drug used to treat opioid addiction.

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AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson all reached a settlement with Summit and Cuyahoga counties. However those two counties did not see the largest influx of opioids in the state.

OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont.
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The nation's three dominant drug distributors and a big drugmaker have reached a $260 million deal to settle a lawsuit related to the opioid crisis just as the first federal trial over the crisis was due to begin Monday.

The settlement means the closely watched trial will not move forward now, but it does not resolve more than 2,600 other lawsuits across the country seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for an opioid crisis that has been linked to more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. since 2000.

The nation's response to the deadly opioid epidemic has been broadly bipartisan, but deep divides have emerged over a settlement plan offered last month by Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin.

Democratic state attorneys general have generally panned the deal, which would force Purdue's owners, member of the Sackler family, to give up control of their company while paying roughly $3 billion in cash from their personal fortunes.

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