Governor DeWine Statement on Potential Opioid Settlement

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—“The settlement announced today has the potential to help Ohioans turn the corner in our battle against opioids,” said Governor DeWine. “Thanks to the work from our nation’s attorneys general, the opioid makers and distributors that tore Ohio’s families apart are being held accountable and will support communities in their recovery.”

Governor DeWine, while serving as Ohio Attorney General, first sued the companies Cardinal Health, McKesson Corp, AmerisourceBergan in February of 2018, alleging that they were negligent and created a public nuisance by using unsafe distribution practices and by oversupplying the market in and around Ohio with highly-addictive prescription opioids. Prior to that in May of 2017, then Attorney General DeWine sued Johnson & Johnson who is a manufacturer of opioids.

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