Lessons from Ohio’s Big Tobacco settlement can inform opioid settlement


Ohio is poised to settle with three large national pharmaceutical distributors, and health experts say the state’s settlement with Big Tobacco provides lessons for this moment.

Ohio’s cities, counties, townships and villages are collectively pursuing part of a $21 billion national opioid settlement, which will bring the state up to $808 million in settlement funds from the companies blamed for contributing to the country’s opioid crisis.