About the Settlements
After years of negotiations led by Attorney General Josh Stein and others, two proposed nationwide settlement agreements have been reached that would resolve all opioid litigation brought by state and local governments against the three largest drug distributors, McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen (“distributors”), and one manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and its parent company Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”).
The proposed settlements require that the distributors and J&J pay $26 billion over 18 years, with approximately $22.7 billion available to state and local governments to address the opioid epidemic through treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and other life-saving programs and services. The settlements also include new rules to prevent diversion of prescription opioids and make sure nothing like this ever happens again.
The State of North Carolina, all 100 counties, and 47 municipalities have formally joined the settlements. North Carolina’s share of settlement funds will be distributed among state and local governments pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement that the state and more than 130 local governments have already agreed.
The North Carolina Department of Justice will continue to provide up-to-date information and resources on the national opioid settlements. Read the press release announcing the settlements and the press release announcing all 100 North Carolina counties and numerous municipalities have joined.