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Ohio To Get Part Of $26 Billion Opioid Settlement

OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont.
Toby Talbot

Ohio is one of several states that will share $26 billion dollars as part of a national opioid abuse settlement. 

The deal involves three distributors, Ohio-based Cardinal Health, McKesson and Amerisource Bergen as well as drug maker Johnson & Johnson. A substantial portion of the settlement will be spent on opioid treatment and prevention. Attorney Paul Geller said there are restrictions to ensure that. 

“The main point is it will be used for those purposes. It won’t be used to fill potholes or to build libraries or to balance budgets," Geller said.

From 2010- 2019, 23,700 Ohioans lost their lives to opioid abuse. As attorney general, now-Gov. Mike Dewine joined local governments in suing the companies. 

Some 4,000 entities nationwide are part of this settlement.  The more of those entities that accept it, the bigger the payout will be.

Mayors and officials from communities around Ohio will meet Friday to discuss the settlement.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.