Eligible municipalities encouraged to register for participation in historic opioid settlement

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is urging eligible municipalities to register and voluntarily participate in two historic opioid settlements that would bring nearly $800 million to Michigan over 18 years.  

The participation cutoff date for local governments to receive direct payments is January 2, 2022. 

“I encourage all of our state’s eligible municipalities to register for this historic settlement,” Nessel said. “This funding would support ongoing prevention and treatment efforts across the state, and I have long argued that much-needed financial support should be coming from those who created this crisis—not the communities suffering through it. Participation is vital to better equip those communities to address the crisis head on.” 

The state formally signed on to the proposed multibillion-dollar national settlements in August, which is with Johnson & Johnson and the three largest pharmaceutical distributors in the country: Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen.  

The historic agreements were announced in July and was the result of ongoing efforts to hold these companies responsible for their roles in contributing to the opioid epidemic gripping this country. 

Based on the settlement terms, there are 277 local units of government – called subdivisions in the settlement agreement – eligible to participate in Michigan. 

Each of Michigan’s counties are part of that 277 total. Other municipalities are eligible if the municipality is currently litigating against the defendants or the municipality has a population of 10,000 people or more. 
The department has a full list of eligible subdivisions on its website at www.michigan.gov/ag.

Eligible subdivisions that have not yet registered are asked to email AG-OpioidLitigation@michigan.gov for additional instructions. The deadline is January 2 to participate and receive direct payments. 

Michigan stands to receive up to nearly $800 million over the life of the settlements, which is dependent in part on participation of local governments. Spending priority would be placed on treatment and prevention. Only the 1998 national tobacco settlement has involved more dollars than this proposed settlement. 

Additional information on this historic settlement can be found on the Department’s website. The direct URL is michigan.gov/AGOpioids

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