Arizona to get $542 million in opioid settlement

Published: Friday, February 25, 2022 - 4:50pm
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Arizona will get a share of a $26 billion opioid settlement by pharmaceutical distributors and a manufacturer with 52 states and territories.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office says the deal is the second-largest multistate agreement in U.S. history behind only a 1998 tobacco settlement.

The legal settlement is with the opioid distributors Cardinal, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen. The companies were suspected of shipping opioids to pharmacies, which sent in suspicious drug orders.

Also set to pay out is drug manufacturer and marketer Johnson & Johnson, which state attorneys general investigated for misleading people about opioids being addictive.

Arizona’s cut of the settlement is $542 million paid over 18 years.

Nearly half of the sum goes to the state and the rest will be divided among local governments.

Once lawyer bills are paid, the rest of the money is to be spent on opioid treatment and prevention.

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