Opioid Settlements

Distributors and Janssen/J&J Settlements

Tennessee has joined a broad coalition of states and subdivisions in reaching a $26 billion settlement with four companies to resolve legal claims for their role in the opioid crisis. Tennessee’s share of the settlement funds is expected to exceed $600 million over 18 years. The settlement consists of two agreements. One agreement is with the three major pharmaceutical distributors: AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., and McKesson Corporation. The second agreement is with an opioid manufacturer: Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

As of January 27th, 2022, 51 states and territories and more than 7,000 local governments signed on to the agreements.  

In Tennessee, more than 150 local governments have joined, including every county and all cities with populations of 25,000 or more.

On February 25, 2022, the companies announced that the participation levels were sufficient for settlements to become effective.

In addition to the two settlement agreements, there is also a Tennessee State-Subdivision Opioid Abatement Agreement. This Tennessee-specific agreement, negotiated with representatives of the state’s subdivisions, addresses the allocation provisions in the two settlements and sets out a structure for the distribution of abatement funds from pending bankruptcy plans. The agreement has been adopted by the state and its subdivisions.

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