Mo Attorney General Signs Opioid Settlement Term Sheets

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has signed the term sheets for proposed settlement agreements with Johnson & Johnson and major distributors regarding damages caused by opioids in Missouri. It is a settlement that will bring just over a half billion dollars in Missouri that will be used toward opioid treatment and abatement.

Schmitt says the treatment funding will be used for treatment and recovery programs, law enforcement funding, and drug courts. Missouri will only receive the full amount if all counties and subdivisions sign on the agreement. Otherwise, the amount received by Missouri could be halved. The Attorney General’s office says a focus will be made on full subdivision sign-on to both settlements over the next several months.

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has launched the “Fighting Addiction, Saving Lives” program to encourage subdivision sign-on. The Attorney General’s Office plans to proactively engage a number of stakeholders, and will launch a social media campaign.