Greene County approves bankruptcy plan to get money from Purdue Pharma

Greene and Montgomery counties are just a few of the Ohio counties involved in the One Ohio Accord, an effort led by Governor Mike DeWine and Attorney General Dave Yost to harness the collective power of the ‘Ohio against the pharmaceutical industry.

Local governments representing more than 80% of the state’s population signed the plan in early 2020, including 73 of 88 counties. The state of Ohio has two lawsuits pending in Ross and Madison counties. More than 150 local governments in Ohio have consolidated cases in U.S. District Court before Judge Daniel Polster in Cleveland.

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Under the One Ohio deal, which specifies how the money would be divided, 11% would be taken off the top for attorney fees and the remaining money would be divided. This translates to 30% for local governments, 55% for a new foundation and 15% for the attorney general’s office.

The foundation would be controlled by a council of 25 members appointed by state, legislative and local authorities. He would spend the settlement money to fight the opioid epidemic both locally and statewide.

The 118 local jurisdictions signing the agreement include the cities of Dayton, Springfield, Middletown and Hamilton and the counties of Butler, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren.

Over 2,600 lawsuits have been filed in the United States against manufacturers and distributors of opioids.

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