Delaware County was the first county in Pennsylvania to file a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors back in 2017.
Since the county participated in “full litigation” against the distributors and manufacturers it will receive about $56 million from three distributors, as well as opioid manufacturer Johnson and Johnson, writes Aubrey Whelan for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
It will receive another $13 million to cover costs of litigation.
Other funds for the county still to come in include money from a $13 billion settlement of lawsuits against CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, and a $4 to $6 billion settlement from drug companies Teva and Allergan.
It’s unknown at the moment how much of that money Delaware County will see, according to county solicitor William Martin
Funds are also expected from the bankruptcy proceedings against pharmaceutical companies Purdue and Mallinckrodt, with plans in place to file a claim in the Endo Pharmaceuticals bankruptcy as well as legal claims remaining against Rite Aid.
Pennsylvania is expected to receive more than $2 billion in opioid settlement funding from various lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies.
Read more about Delaware County’s settlement amount from various opioid lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioids at The Philadelphia Inquirer.
PBS Newshour looks at how communities will be affected by opioid lawsuit settlements.