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Maricopa County signs onto national opioid settlement

Posted at 1:55 PM, Oct 20, 2021

PHOENIX — Maricopa County has become the first local government in Arizona to sign on to a massive settlement agreement with pharmaceutical companies over the nation’s opioid epidemic.

The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the settlement, which is expected to bring the county about $80 million of Arizona’s anticipated allocation, which could reach $550 million or more.

In Arizona, the state, all 15 counties, and nearly 100 cities and towns can sign on to the $26 billion settlement between pharmaceutical companies and government entities around the country.

The money must be used to address costs associated with the opioid epidemic.