Schuyler County in line to receive $362,000 in opioid settlement
SCHUYLER CO. (WENY) -- Schuyler County is in line to receive $362,000 in an opioid settlement. CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart will pay the county to settle claims the companies contributed to the ongoing opioid crisis, under a settlement agreement, to be voted on by the Schuyler County Legislature on April 10th.
Steven Getman, the Schuyler County Attorney, said the county is estimated to receive $125,031 from CVS, $158,486 from Walgreens, and $79,038 from Walmart.
Getman said companies agreed to pay, as a part of a nationwide agreement to resolve all opioid litigation brought on by state and local political subdivisions. He added, the funds from this settlement can be used for a variety of purposes to combat the misuse of opioids in the county.
“Potential use includes treating opioid addiction, law enforcement expenditures, funding social services, and similar anti-drug efforts,” he said.
This proposed settlement is also ordering these companies to make serious changes to prevent fraudulent prescriptions.
If this is approved, this agreement would be one of several opioid settlements that Schuyler County has been a part of over the past five years. Schuyler County could be in line to receive nearly $1.2 million total for opioid prevention and remediation.
“One cannot put a price on lives lost and families torn apart,” he said. “...but with nearly $1.2 million expected to be delivered to Schuyler County, we can provide our community with financial assistance to continue this battle.”
The legislature's meeting to vote on this settlement will be on Monday, April 10th, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will take place at the Schuyler County Courthouse, located at 105 Ninth Street, Watkins Glen, New York.
The public is invited and encouraged to come to the meeting.