Drug firms reach $26B settlement over opioid crisis — will Utah sign on?

This Aug. 29, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of Oxycodone pills in New York. A $26 billion settlement between the three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and thousands of states and municipalities that sued over the toll of the opioid crisis is certainly significant, but it is far from tying a neat bow on the tangle of still unresolved lawsuits surrounding the epidemic. | Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

Utah among more than 40 states deciding whether to accept the deal.

Four drug companies have agreed to pay $26 billion to states to resolve thousands of lawsuits over their roles in the country’s opioid crisis.

A bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general announced the settlement with Johnson & Johnson and three of the country’s largest drug distributors on Wednesday.

States, including Utah, will now have 30 days to decide whether to accept the deal, while local governments will have 150 days to sign on. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein told reporters at a press conference he expects at least 40 states to agree.

Utah officials are now discussing those questions, according to the attorney general’s office. It is


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