More counties are expected to join the settlement that will bring up to $ 232 million by 2022
HARRISBURG–Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that 50 counties, including 5 of the 6 largest counties in the Commonwealth, have agreed to join the landmark opioid settlement that would bring more than $ 1 billion to Pennsylvania, with up to to $ 232 million delivered in 2022.
“Pennsylvania lost 5,172 lives from overdoses in the last year alone – that’s 14 Pennsylvanians a day. This regulation will provide resources to launch programs that will change lives and impact families in our Commonwealth who struggle to find treatment and help for those suffering from drug addiction. These funds will be used to provide and expand life-saving treatment options, prioritizing areas most affected by this crisis, ”said Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
The $ 26 billion global settlement with Cardinal, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen – the country’s three largest pharmaceutical distributors – and Johnson & Johnson requires significant changes in the industry that will help prevent this type of crisis from happening again in addition to the funds . Pennsylvania was one of the main states negotiating the settlement, which was announced in July.
“When the county filed its complaint in May 2018, we sought two things: to prevent these companies and other similar companies from engaging in the acts and practices that led to the opioid crisis, and to be able to provide additional resources to communities and families. in our county who were most affected by their actions, ”said Rich Fitzgerald, County Manager for Allegheny. “The settlement agreement reached by Attorney General Shapiro and several other states provides for significant changes in the industry and up to $ 1 billion that Pennsylvania is expected to receive. We want our residents to benefit from this agreement and have the resources now and intend to sign. “
“Delaware County has worked hard to ensure that its share of the state’s settlement proceeds accurately reflects the many challenges presented to the county by the opioid epidemic,” said Kevin Madden, County Councilor. Delaware and member of the Substance Treatment and Overdose Prevention Coalition. “While no money can ever truly explain the lives opioids have ruined, these settlement funds that will be received over the next decade and beyond will allow the county to educate its citizens and help remedy the scourge of opioid abuse and the devastation it causes for thousands of residents and their families.
While it is up to the local governments that signed the regulation to decide where the funds will ultimately be allocated, the regulation says that every dollar of funding must be used to tackle the opioid crisis. A list of approved sanitation uses for opioids can be found in Schedule E of the Janssen Settlement Agreement. The remaining 17 counties and several subdivisions have until next month to sign and are urged to do so as soon as possible.
“Continuing litigation is incredibly risky, as we’ve seen in Oklahoma where a $ 465 million judgment was overturned by the state Supreme Court after years on appeal, and in California where a a number of counties and cities have lost their cases after seven years of the search. We cannot afford to wait – we need these funds to flow into our communities now. We know that no amount will bring all this back. that we lost, but this settlement will give communities the money to save lives now, ”said AG Shapiro.
The following counties joined the settlement agreement: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie , Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Liban, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union , Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York.
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