Oregon receives first payment from historic $21 billion opioid settlement

SALEM, Ore. – Friday, It was announced that Oregon got its first round of payments from a historic $21 billion settlement with the three largest opioid distributors: Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen.

Oregon’s Attorney General says the money should have an immediate impact going towards treatment and prevention programs.

In total, Oregon will get more than $270 million over 18 annual payments.

Oregon will get $25 million this year.

On top of that, Oregon will also get $95 million from Purdue Pharma and could potentially get $45 million from Johnson & Johnson.

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Ethan McReynolds is a reporter and weekend anchor for NBC5 News. He grew up in Bothell, Washington and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Broadcasting and minors in Journalism and Sport Management. At Gonzaga, he started his own sports podcast. Ethan loves rooting for his hometown Seattle sports teams, especially the Mariners. He loves playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is also an avid Taylor Swift fan.
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