Missouri to receive up to half a billion dollars in settlement with painkiller manufacturers

Attorney General Eric Schmitt

Missouri could receive up to half a billion dollars in a huge settlement with several painkiller manufacturers.  Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that the state has reached a settlement with Johnson & Johnson, as well as several other opioid distributors, including McKesson, Amerisource Bergen, and Cardinal Health.  The state sued the companies in 2017, saying they violated merchandising laws by misrepresenting the harm caused by painkillers.  Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $5 billion to several states and the other distributors will be paying $21 billion to several states.  Missouri’s portion could total nearly half a billion dollars.  All the money would be used to fund opioid abatement and treatment programs.