$99M West Virginia Opioid Lawsuit Settled with Johnson & Johnson

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    The Facts

    • J&J has paid out $99M to the state of WV over allegations the company exacerbated the opioid crisis. WV has been one of the worst affected states, having suffered nearly 85 deaths per 100k residents in 12 months.

    • The news comes after a $26B settlement was agreed by 3 US drug distributors and J&J with almost 40 states and local governments in Feb., resolving roughly 3k opioid abuse lawsuits.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    The opioid epidemic is finally getting the attention it deserves. This is another step towards holding Big Pharma accountable and the money will help addicts rebuild their lives.

    Narrative B

    This is a slap in the face to addicts and their families. The money isn't enough to cover the costs of the opioid epidemic, and the settlement allows Big Pharma to get away without admitting guilt.

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