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NC Attorney General Josh Stein & Caring Services: Opioid Epidemic
October 13, 2022

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Pictured: Attorney General Josh Stein and local elected officials in High Point and Guilford County discussing the area’s portion of the $26 billion opioid settlement agreement Attorney General Stein helped negotiate.

Attorney General Josh Stein recently visited High Point, NC to highlight local efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, including the partnership between Caring Services and Guilford County Solution to the Opioid Problem (GCSTOP), as well as the ongoing work of the High Point Police Department. Attorney General Stein was joined by Guilford County Commissioner Vice Chairwoman Carlvena Foster, High Point Mayor Jay Wagner, High Point Police Chief Travis Stroud, and other city and county officials to discuss the area’s allocation of the $26 billion in opioid settlement funds Attorney General Stein helped to negotiate.

 

Currently, all of North Carolina’s local governments have received their first payments from the $26 billion national opioid agreement with the nation’s three major drug distributors (Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen) and Johnson & Johnson which Attorney General Stein helped negotiate. North Carolina’s share is $750 million. Eighty-five percent of these funds will go directly to North Carolina’s local governments to support treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and prevention strategies to address the opioid epidemic. The balance will go to the state for the same purposes. Attorney General Stein also recently announced agreements in principle with drug manufacturers Allergan and Teva, which would bring another $6.6 billion in funds nationally to fight the opioid crisis.

 

To learn more about the opioid settlements, visit the Community Opioid Resources Engine for North Carolina (CORE-NC): https://ncopioidsettlement.org/.

 

If you are interested in Attorney General Stein visiting your local area to discuss the opioid settlement, please email Olivia Weidie at comms@ncdoj.gov