Madison County to receive $483,503 in first round of opioid settlements
New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced on Tuesday the first round of payment distributions following $1.5 billion in settlements from opioid manufacturers.
Among the payments, Madison County will receive $483,503, according to the Attorney General's Office. In Central New York, the City of Syracuse will receive $263,422 and Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland and Oswego counties will also each receive hundreds of thousands of dollars, totaling $6,304.808.
Payments are also being made across New York State. James said all 62 counties and the state's five largest cities will all receive money. Central New York is expected to receive a total of $36.8 million over the next several years.
James said this was only the first round of payments and other counties and areas will receive additional money soon.
“Central New York has been devastated by the effects of opioids, but today we are distributing funds to the region to help with treatment and prevention,” said Attorney General James in a statement.
“These funds will go a long way in helping communities rebuild from the opioid epidemic. While no amount of money will ever make up for all those we have lost to this crisis, these funds are vital in helping us recover.”
The lawsuit Attorney General James filed in 2019 was, at the time, the nation’s most extensive lawsuit against the various manufacturers and distributors of opioids, including Purdue Pharma and its affiliates, as well as members of the Sackler Family (owners of Purdue) and trusts they control; Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its affiliates (including its parent company Johnson & Johnson); Mallinckrodt LLC and its affiliates; Endo Health Solutions and its affiliates; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and its affiliates; and Allergan Finance, LLC and its affiliates. The distributors named in the complaint were McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc., Amerisource Bergen Drug Corporation, and Rochester Drug Cooperative Inc.
Between settlements and legal victories against these companies and organizations, James said New York State received $1.5 billion in total.
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