Tennessee Attorney General Announces $84 Million Payout Distributed Across the State to Combat Opioid Crisis

More than $84 million was paid to the state and local governments to be used to abate the opioid crisis in Tennessee, Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti announced on Friday.

The funds are part of initial settlement payments with three national pharmaceutical companies and opioid manufacturer Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, as an agreement over the companies’ role in creating and fueling the nationwide opioid crisis.

Including the $84 million payout this week, Tennessee has received more than $128 million from the initial settlement payments, according to a press release by  Skrmetti’s office.

More than $90 million of the total amount will be allocated to the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Trust Fund, Skrmetti’s office notes. To oversee the trust and ensure funds related to opioid abuse, misuse, prevention, and awareness are dispersed throughout the state, the Opioid Abatement Council was established in law by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2021. Funds remaining for abatement are split between the state’s general fund and a separate fund distributed directly to counties and local governments by the national administrator.

“This money will be used exclusively to repair the damage caused by the opioid epidemic that continues to ravage Tennessee,” Attorney General Skrmetti said in a statement. “No amount of money will be enough to fully compensate the affected families and communities, but we will keep working to hold every bad actor accountable for their role in the crisis.”

Skrmetti continued, saying, “I am proud of our consumer protection team and the sacrifices they have made to get us to this point. Through Tennessee’s efforts at both the state and national levels, we have been able to hold these pharmaceutical companies accountable and now obtain significant funds to address the damage opioids have done to our communities.”

In addition to the current agreements, Skrmetti notes that his office “continues to investigate and litigate against numerous other companies responsible for the opioid crisis.”

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.




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2 Thoughts to “Tennessee Attorney General Announces $84 Million Payout Distributed Across the State to Combat Opioid Crisis”

  1. Joe Blow

    I am positively certain (wink! wink!) that all this “free” money will be spent on appropriate projects. Maybe fix a pothole or two. Remodel some county mayor’s office and maybe even buy a new government vehicle or two.

  2. Phyllis West

    I would like to see the decision makers at Jansenn & J&J indicted for the deaths & harm on families.
    All for profit.
    People who are employed by these manufacturers should come forward & expose the extent to which these companies are harming the public.
    It’s also my opinion that President Biden & his Sec of Homeland Security should be held accountable for allowing the drug Cartels to run our border & send Fentanyl into the US. As well as China for selling them the poison to make the deadly drug. It’s the #1 cause of death among our Young people. It’s all by design. They couldn’t take us down with a deadly virus (deadly mainly bb the medical community was told not to treat the virus with therapeutics immediately which would have prevented the elderly from getting pneumonia.) They were told to wait till the helpless people couldn’t breathe, & then take them to a hospital, put them on a ventilator & administer Remdesivir ( the kill shot). These wrong-headed protocols came from phony Fauci. Astonishingly. The medical community succumbed to his will without question.and those who did not cooperate were demonized.
    There is a very distirbing relationship amongst Big Pharma, the Government Public Health Admin & the Health Delivery systems. Too much conflict of interest keeps money as the guiding force for “healthcare” rather than best possible health treatments. The mutilation of children is the latest example of this sick system.
    BIG BUCKS are also made off Diabetes, which makes people wonder why more permanent solutions have not yet been discovered. LOTS OF QUESTIONS