Opioid settlement: $800 million Ohio plan avoids collapse as cities, counties sign on


On the verge of collapse last week, a plan for Ohio’s cities, counties, townships and villages to collectively pursue part of a $21 billion national opioid settlement has been shored up with enough of the state’s political subdivisions now signed up for the effort. But two holdouts could still lower the amount local jurisdictions ultimately receive.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost extended a deadline by a week until this Friday and implored local officials to join the One Ohio agreement that is set to bring the state up to $808 million in settlement funds from three big pharmaceutical distributors blamed for contributing to the country’s opioid crisis.