CARSON CITY, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – As part of the continuing drug lawsuit, the state of Nevada will engage into a new deal with two corporations.
A multistate arrangement with Walmart will provide $32.2 million to Nevada, while an agreement with American Drug Stores would provide $1.5 million. Mallinckrodt’s bankruptcy plan was also accepted, garnering the state an additional $1.8 million.
“Nevada continues to recover funds to address the opioid crisis in our state, but there is still much more to be done,” said Attorney General Aaron D. Ford. “These recoveries will allow governments at all levels across the state to quickly fund programs needed to help those Nevadans affected by the opioid epidemic. My office will continue to work to hold every entity responsible for this crisis in Nevada accountable.”
Nevada claimed in the complaint that Walmart and American Drug Stores violated the Nevada Deceptive Trade Practices Act by failing to properly regulate prescription opioids in Nevada.
“The proceeds from these settlements will help address the emotional and economic burden that opioids have left on our residents and the community as a whole. Opioids have destroyed an entire generation of young people, leaving behind damage that cannot be undone,” said Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “These funds will help us boost capacity of treatment programs that address addiction for this vulnerable population. Opioid addiction often leads to other drug use so this support will span across all addiction-related services to improve short- and long-term recovery for the human lives so drastically impacted.”
The cash will go to a fund that will allow the state, counties, and localities to collaborate on developing assessments to maximize the revenues.
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