Another milestone was crossed this week in the legal action involving opioids, and the crisis associated with addition.
Three opioid distributors and one pharmaceutical company reached settlements with two Ohio counties, Summit and Cuyahoga, for more than a quarter of a billion dollars.
“The settlement, in this case, is allowing us to be able to move forward, rather than years and years of litigation, or whatever it would take to get to where we are today,” said Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro.
The settlement involves $260 million in payments from drug distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen, as well as Teva Pharmaceutical.
According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley, their share of the settlement will be used to help citizens most impacted by the opioid crisis.
“We are looking at utilizing this money for treatment and getting people in programs and assisting first responders as they deal with this crisis,” said O’Malley.
Source: News3 Las Vegas