Lebanon County Commissioners have approved participation in Pennsylvania’s portion of the 26-billion dollar nationwide settlement of the lawsuit involving the manufacture and distribution of prescription opioids by Johnson & Johnson and three other pharmaceutical distributors.
Drug and Alcohol Programs Chief Jim Donmoyer told commissioners at their December 16th meeting Pennsylvania counties are in line to receive $700 million and Lebanon County’s share is a little over $4.1 million.
He said the money will be delivered over the next 18 years, amounting to some $233,000 annually. But there are some strings attached:
Attorney General Josh Shapiro has been urging counties to agree to the settlement, so Pennsylvania can receive its full share.
Donmoyer said the settlement funds are badly needed, because the opioid epidemic continues to rage on and won’t be diminishing, anytime soon:
County Solicitor David Warner, Jr. looked over the settlement and felt it was a solid offer that didn’t have any liability exposure for the county, as far as he could see.