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.

Wave One Settlements

Attorney General Josh Stein helped lead negotiations for a $26 billion agreement released in July 2021 with the three largest drug distributors (McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen) and manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.

Wave Two Settlements

Attorney General Josh Stein also helped lead negotiations for $21 billion in national settlements released in November and December 2022 with CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Allergan, and Teva (“Wave Two Settlements”).

Kroger Settlement

Last year Attorney General Josh Stein announced that he reached an agreement in principle with Kroger that will require the grocery chain to pay $1.37 billion to participating state and local governments for its role in the opioid crisis. 

NC Memorandum of Agreement

In April 2021, Attorney General Josh 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 certain opioid settlements and bankruptcy resolutions.

Other Settlements & Bankruptcies

Learn about other opioid settlements and bankruptcy proceedings involving McKinsey, Mallinckrodt, Endo, and Purdue Pharma.

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The North Carolina Memorandum of Agreement (NC MOA) governs how North Carolina uses proceeds from national opioid settlements and bankruptcies.

Local Government Resources and Reporting

The NC Opioid Settlement dashboard offers resources and data to counties and municipalities receiving opioid settlement funds.

NC MOA Coordination Group

Section E.7 and Exhibit D of the NC MOA establishes a Coordination Group.