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Kirksville City Council takes the first steps in taking part of the nationwide opioid settlement

Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 10:38 PM CDT
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KIRKSVILLE, Missouri (KYOU) - The Kirksville City Council has approved a motion to take the first steps in the nationwide lawsuit to put an end to the opioid crisis. The settlement is against some of the largest pharmaceutical distributors like McKesson, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, and manufacturers Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc along with Johnson and Johnson.

A payment of $26 billion dollars is required from said companies and will go towards states and cities taking part in the settlement. City Clerk, Wanda Cagle, says if funds are received it would go towards education and other resources to help put a stop to the issue.

“Currently we do not know the amount the city will receive as part of this settlement. That’s unknown at the moment, but we do know if the city does receive some of those funds that money must be used to fight the opioid crisis,” says Cagle.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 1.

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