Three national pharmacy chains, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart, have agreed to pay Schuyler County up to $362,000 to settle claims that they contributed to the ongoing opioid crisis in the county.
The Schuyler County Legislature is expected to vote on the settlement agreement during its April meeting.
If approved, CVS will pay $125,031, Walgreens will pay $158,486, and Walmart will pay $79,038.
The funds will be paid over the next fifteen years, with payments expected to begin in late 2023. The agreement also orders the companies to implement changes to prevent fraudulent prescriptions.
The proposed settlement aims to resolve all opioid litigation brought by states and local political subdivisions, including a pending lawsuit filed by the county. The settlement funds can be used for various purposes, such as treating opioid addiction, law enforcement expenditures, funding social services, and similar anti-drug efforts.
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