Minnesota to receive $303 million in historic opioid settlement

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UNDATED – Minnesota will share a landmark $26 billion opioid settlement with manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and the three largest opioid distributors.

Minnesota’s share of $303 million will be distributed to 87 counties and cities with populations over 10,000.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the payments will be spread over an 18-year period to help with prevention, recovery, harm reduction and other strategies to address the opioid epidemic.

Stearns County will receive nearly $5.4 million during this period, Sherburne County will receive nearly $2.8 million and Benton County will receive $1.4 million.

The City of St. Cloud will also receive approximately $1.6 million.

As part of the settlement, Johnson & Johnson must stop selling opioids and share clinical trial data.

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