The Attorney General of the State of Idaho has joined nationwide settlements resolving opioid-related claims with Johnson & Johnson and three major opioid distributers, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson. These settlements would resolve legal claims by participating States and local governments stemming from actions that fueled the opioid-addiction crisis. Because the State of Idaho is participating in this settlement agreement, certain local governments within the State are now also eligible to participate and receive benefits under the agreements. The total amount of money that Idaho will receive under these settlements depends on how many local governments choose to join the State in participating in these settlements.  The State will receive a minimum of just over 64 million dollars by participating, but the State and participating local governments could receive over 119 million dollars if all eligible local governments in Idaho participate. The Attorney General strongly believes that the citizens of the State would benefit the most if all eligible local governments join the State in participating in these agreements and obtain the maximum amount of funds.

The settlement agreements provide a default formula for how the funds will be split between the State and local governments and the percent of funds allocated to local governments that each local government would receive. However, the State and local governments have the option of entering into an agreement on how to allocate funds that differs from the default formula. The Attorney General supports the State and local governments working together to reach an agreement on how to allocate funds that provides the best result for the State, local governments, and the citizens of the State of Idaho.

This webpage will be updated periodically to provide current information on the status of the settlement agreements, participation by local governments, and information regarding the allocation of opioid settlement funds between the State and participating local governments.