Michigan is preparing to receive more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in cash from a settlement with three of America's largest drug distributors and drugmaker, Johnson & Johnson. The settlement is over claims the companies helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic.
Half of the approximately $776 million settlement will be paid directly to local governments, while the other half will go to the State of Michigan. All of the funds will be used to address and attempt to remedy the impacts of the opioid crisis in the state.
As lawmakers prepare for the funds dedicated to fighting addiction in Michigan, long-time advocates for addiction prevention and recovery are continuing their work.