HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today, along with three other Attorneys General, he has agreed to a $48 billion settlement with five drugmakers for their role in the opioid epidemic.
The agreement in principle includes Cardinal Health, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, Johnson & Johnson, and Teva.
The framework of the agreement includes $22.25 billion cash along with $26 billion in medication assistance and distribution over 10 years.
“The opioid, heroin and fentanyl epidemic claims the lives of 12 Pennsylvanians per day, and this public health and public safety crisis was engineered by opioid manufacturers and distributors,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
All three major distributors have also agreed to change their policies which will prevent over-distribution.
Pennsylvania, along with North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas will receive a share of the $22.25 billion in cash. The money will help the states with providing addiction treatment, community paramedic services, telehealth treatment, and other activities to help those suffering from opioid addiction.