New Hope Joins Opioid Class Action Settlements

New Hope Joins Opioid Class Action Settlements
Posted on 10/27/2021
New Hope City Council voted unanimously in favor of participation in two national class-action lawsuits against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids. The motion was passed at the Oct. 25 New Hope City Council meeting.

Deaths resulting from opioid overdoses have increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preliminary reports indicate 654 opioid-involved deaths in Minnesota in 2020, a 59% increase from 2019.

The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office joined the multi-state settlement agreements in August against pharmaceutical distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen and opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. The maximum amount Minnesota is eligible to receive in the settlements is more than $300 million, dependent on participation by cities and counties. Any funds received will be used toward the abatement of the opioids epidemic.

At this time, cities are only required to sign on to join the settlements. Adoption of a formal resolution may be required at a later date. The deadline for city and county participation in the settlements is Jan. 2, 2022.

Additional information is available at nationalopioidsettlement.com.