Holding Corporations Accountable
Attorney General Josh Stein has worked across state and party lines to hold corporations accountable for their role in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic and to bring much-needed resources to North Carolina communities to combat the opioid crisis.
Attorney General Stein helped lead litigation against and negotiations for a $21 billion agreement with the three largest drug distributors (McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen) and manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.
NC Memorandum of Agreement
In April 2021, Attorney General Stein and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners unveiled a Memorandum of Agreement (NC MOA) governing how North Carolina will use the proceeds of the distributor and J&J settlements and the Purdue and Mallinckrodt bankruptcy resolution.
Purdue & Mallinckrodt Bankruptcies
Attorney General Stein announced his support for an improved bankruptcy plan for Purdue Pharma and reached a national settlement with the opioid manufacturer Mallinckrodt.
In February 2021, Attorney General Stein announced a $573 million multi-state settlement with McKinsey & Company based on it advising opioid companies about how to promote their drugs.