Attorney General John O’Connor Monday announced another opioid settlement for Oklahoma—this time with three opioid distributors, McKesson, Cardinal, and AmerisourceBergen. This settlement will deliver more than $250 million to Oklahoma to combat the opioid epidemic that has deeply impacted the lives of its four million citizens.
“Many Oklahoma families have been ravaged and lives have been lost by opioid addictions and overdoses,” said Attorney General O’Connor. “Money cannot possibly heal those wounds or bring back our loved ones. The funds we are recovering will be used to prevent and treat addictions to opioids.”
The Attorney General’s Office filed suit against these companies to hold them accountable for their role in creating and fueling the nationwide opioid epidemic.
Attorney General O’Connor previously rejected a national settlement with these Distributors that would have short-changed Oklahomans. By rejecting the national deal, and instead pursuing recovery against the Distributors separately, General O’Connor has guaranteed more money for the State and its cities and counties to fight the opioid crisis.
With these funds, Oklahoma has now recovered over $680 million, less the attorneys’ fees and costs related to the opioid crisis.
“I am pleased that the state and many local governments were able to work together to arrive at this settlement amount,” said Attorney General O’Connor. “This settlement is still subject to approval by the decision-makers in the cities and counties.”
Through this settlement with the Distributors, General O’Connor has obtained the following benefits for Oklahoma: