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W.VA. government­s settle opioid claims


West Virginia’s cities and counties reached a $400 million opioid settlement with drug distributo­rs Mckesson, Amerisourc­ebergen and Cardinal Health, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) said Monday.

The settlement resolves allegation­s by more than 100 cities and counties that the three drug distributo­rs fueled an opioid crisis by oversupply­ing West Virginia with pain medication, and builds on the companies’ previous settlement­s with the state attorney general’s office.

“I’m happy to see the judicial system work as it should by benefiting West Virginia communitie­s that have been hit hard by opioid abuse,” Morrisey said in a statement. “This settlement, along with other settlement­s from other cases, will provide significan­t help to those affected the most by the opioid crisis in West Virginia.”

Cardinal Health said in a statement that the settlement will provide money to West Virginia communitie­s in need, and that it remains committed to being “a part of the solution to the opioid epidemic.”

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