Nebraska to get $2.59M as part of national opioid settlement

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FILE – This June 17, 2019, file photo shows 5-mg pills of Oxycodone. Lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against retail pharmacy chains claiming their opioid dispensing practices flooded communities with pain pills and were a a public nuisance can continue after U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, a federal judge in Cleveland, denied the chains’ motion to dismiss the complaints in a ruling Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will receive $2.59 million over five years as part of a multistate settlement with a firm that worked with opioid manufacturers to promote addictive painkillers.

Attorney General Doug Peterson says Nebraska is part of a coalition of 53 attorneys general who collectively won $573 million in a settlement with McKinsey & Company, one of the world’s largest consulting firms.

The settlement will be split among 47 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. The settlement will be used to address problems caused by opioids in the participating states.

It’s the first multistate opioid settlement to result in a substantial payout to the states to help compensate them for the damage caused.

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