Attorney General Todd Rokita Announces $507 Million Agreement
By: Sheila McCrea -
Thursday, July 22, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Indiana will receive $507 million as part of a multi-state agreement to settle a lawsuit against opioid distributors designed to bring relief to people struggling with addiction to the drug.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita says the settlement marks a step forward in efforts to end the opioid epidemic and provide justice to affected families. Rokita’s office says the $26 billion multi-state settlement could resolve the claims of both states and local governments across the country.
Indiana anticipates signing the agreement, ensuring that Indiana local governments will be eligible to participate. Indiana’s share will be distributed among the State and local governments pursuant to a statute passed by the Indiana General Assembly this spring (IC 4-6-15). Local governments that are currently litigating were provided the ability to opt out of the state’s opioid plan. Those local governments have the opportunity to opt back into the state’s plan within 60 days of opting out. Indiana stands to receive approximately $507 million with all local governments on board. If subdivisions do not opt back in, Indiana collectively loses up to $237.9 million in opioid abatement funds from the global settlement.
Indiana's share will be distributed among governmental agencies and local governments as mandated by state law.
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