Wed. Feb 8th, 2023
Missouri has received the first of two payouts from the National Opioid Settlement that the state’s Attorney General’s Office coordinated and finalized earlier this year.
A.G. Eric Schmitt says the payments, totaling $35 million are the first collected from the settlement and will be directed towards aiding victims and funding treatment and abatement programs.
Schmitt notes in a statement that while other states opted to use outside counsel to litigate the cases, Missouri handled the cases internally, ensuring that all of the money designated for the state goes directly to opioid abatement and treatment.
The settlements bring around 458 million dollars with roughly 275 million going to the State and 183 million dollars going to localities.
The settlements will be paid out over 18 years.