Whitmer Administration Announces Drug Companies to Pay Michigan $776 Million in Opioid SettlementAfter three years of negotiations, Attorney General Nessel says first payments, meant to address issues related to the opioid crisis, will arrive this April

Whitmer Administration Announces Drug Companies to Pay Michigan $776 Million in Opioid Settlement

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

As part of the second-largest multistate agreement in history, the state of Michigan will receive $776 million to address the opioid crisis.

After years of negotiations, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health, the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributors, and Johnson & Johnson will be paying approximately $26 billion in damages for their role in the opioid epidemic. Half of that money will be given to 269 communities that filed claims for damages related to opioid addiction.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel affirmed that her office will be working with local governments throughout the state to ensure that funds are used for opioid rehabilitation and to address issues related to the epidemic. The first payments are expected to arrive this April and July, with annual payments to follow.

As part of her work as Attorney General, Nessel serves on the Michigan Opioids Task Force, which recently announced that opioid overdoses killed 1,768 Michiganders in 2019 – an average of nearly five people a day.

“We know that there is absolutely no amount of money that can adequately compensate a family for the loss of their loved one or erase the damage done to all who battled opioid use disorder,” said Nessel, “but this settlement represents our best efforts to hold accountable the distributors and manufacturers for the devastating impact their products have had on the residents of our state.”