Opioid settlement

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced on Thursday that eligible residents in the state will receive their part of the $209 million opioid settlement.

Opioid settlement
Utah to receive $209 million from the opioid settlement. (Photo: CNN)

$209 Opioid Settlement

Utah will receive an amount of $209 million from an opioid settlement, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced on Thursday. This is part of the multistate agreement that involved drugmakers Teva and Allergan, as well as pharmacies CVS and Walgreens.

In a published article in KSL TV, the total amount of the multistate settlement has reached $17.3 billion in opioid agreements. Of this amount, Utah will receive an amount of $209 million over the next 15 years. Furthermore, a special legislative committee has already been formed to facilitate on how the money will be utilized.

Moreover, the money will be used in different counties to aid in treatment, prevention, and addiction recovery. Meanwhile, the amount of settlement for each state is based on the state’s population, the severity of opioid addiction in that state, the number of cases, and the number of deaths.

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States that Will Receive the Opioid Settlement

Utah Attorney General’s Office said, “This latest settlement is another victory for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health and Human Services and the many other government agencies who have persistently demanded those responsible for the opioid epidemic address the effects they have had on our communities.”

Furthermore, other states that will receive the opioid settlement include the following:

  • North Carolina
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

This is part of the series of settlements in Utah and in other states across the country. Aside from the above-mentioned drugmakers, the settlements also include $31 million from Walmart and a $266 million payout from Johnson and Johnson, Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen.

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By Neil