Cities and counties have until January 2, 2022. If they do not make a decision, they will be excluded from the settlement fee.
GREENSBORO, NC – The opioid epidemic is national, 48 states and territories have joined forces for the second largest settlement in history by the Attorneys General. The total settlement amounts to $ 26 billion against pharmaceutical companies and distributors such as Johnson & Johnson, Cardinal, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen and Purdue Pharma.
North Carolina’s share of this settlement could be $ 750 million or more. The key word is could. To get all the money, all counties and major cities in the state have to go along.
“Some have already indicated that they want to join by creating a Memorandum of Agreement, but then they have to pass a resolution to sign the document. This is already happening across the state and we want it to be the case in every single county because if we get everyone on board we will get the maximum amount of money back to NC, ”said Josh Stein, NC attorney general.
the Map shows the status of counties and cities As of September 9, 2021. All green counties have approved this agreement, 20 of them have signed the resolution, including Greensboro, High Point, Summerfield, Winston-Salem.
Municipalities have a deadline of January 2, 2021 to register. If a city or county does not register, they will not receive any money when the checks are received. If the municipality signs up, checks can run out in April 2022.
How is the money divided?
15% – Goes to the state. The General Assembly will have control over it.
80% – Goes to local governments.
5% – Goes to the incentive fund to encourage enrollment.
How is the money used? There is an approved list, but it has to serve only one purpose: combating opioid abuse.
“When you think about the aftermath of opioid addiction, it’s our prisons, our emergency services, naloxone, narcan, to save lives, so we want the money to go to the local government,” Stein said.
Stein says his department wrote the 8-page appendix that lists any approved programs or departments that the money can be used for. To date, more than 16,000 people have lost their lives to opioid abuse.