NYS County Executives Association | The Batavian
The executive director of a local drug prevention and treatment agency welcomes today’s announcement that four major pharmaceutical distributors are on the verge of reaching an agreement to pay $ 26 billion to states and municipalities for their role in perpetuating the opioid epidemic in the country.
“Yes, this is good news and I just hope the money ends up helping individuals and families struggling with opioid addiction,” said John Bennett, executive director of the Genesee / Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. âThis is certainly necessary to stabilize the treatment system which has been adversely affected by the recent pandemic. “
According to multiple media outlets, Johnson & Johnson, Cardinal Health, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen are close to a deal that would resolve multiple legal issues and pay for prevention, treatment and recovery services across the United States.
Genesee County District Attorney Kevin Earl said it will be some time before we know how much money will be allocated locally.
New York law firm Napoli Shkolnik PLLC represents Genesee County as well as several other counties, Earl said.
âMost of the details are pending right now,â Earl said. “The county retained the services of this law firm to represent us in the litigation and they informed us of the settlement with three of the distributors and Johnson & Johnson, but it is too early to say what Genesee County or any other litigant will get. “
A report published in today’s online edition of The New York Times indicates that the pact has not yet been finalized and “could still collapse or have significant changes”.
the Time’ the story also included the following:
– According to lawyers familiar with the negotiations, Johnson & Johnson, which made an opioid pain reliever and a fentanyl patch and supplied opium-based ingredients to other drugmakers, would pay $ 3.7 billion to the over the first three years and $ 1.3 billion over the next six years. . He had previously closed his supply operations and stopped his opioids, and agreed to refrain from selling opioids.
– Distributors as well as several manufacturers are in the middle of a lawsuit in a case brought by the state of New York and two of its counties. This morning, Letitia James, the New York attorney general, announced a $ 1.1 billion deal with distributors to settle the case. That money would be part of the overall $ 26 billion settlement, but so far it’s the only deal that has been formally reached. Payments to New York State could begin in two months, Ms James said.
Genesee County Manager Matt Landers said he was “fairly certain” that the money given to the county was intended for specific purposes, unlike the tobacco regulations which gave counties more leeway to use the money. money for general operations.
âThis money should be used to fight opioids specifically,â he said. âSo that would lead us to partner with agencies in the community to help provide these services – agencies like GCASA and others. “
A call to Christina Pearl, a marketing representative for Horizon Health Services in Batavia, was not returned at the time of this story’s publication.
Marcus Molinaro, president of the New York State County Executives Association, said in a press release that the settlement “comes at a crucial time as counties across the state and nation grapple with a surprising resurgence of deaths from overdose”.
“No amount of money can bring back the lives lost to the opioid epidemic, but it can honor those lost by investing in prevention, education and treatment to save lives.” , did he declare.
âNew York County leaders were proud to work with Attorney General Letitia James to pass legislation creating an opioid settlement fund to ensure that those most responsible for getting us into this crisis, not local taxpayers, pay for treatment, recovery, and reduction efforts. essential to defeat this deadly scourge.