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Mo. AG hosts opioid settlement roundtable in Cape Girardeau

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 8:02 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 8:22 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt made a stop in Cape Girardeau on Monday morning, September 27 to host a roundtable discussion on the recent opioid settlement.

The meeting was held at the Gibson Center at 11 a.m.

Several Heartland behavioral health, recovery, law enforcement and city leaders attended the discussion.

This event is part of the Schmitt’s “Fighting Addiction, Saving Lives” program.

The program is a push to convince city leaders across the state to sign a victim centric opioid settlement with Johnson & Johnson and other drug distributors.

If approved, Missouri could receive little more than $500 million under the agreement. If municipalities and political subdivisions do not sign the settlement, Schmitt said in July the state could receive half the amount.

Under Missouri law, 100 percent of the funds in the settlement must go toward programs in battling the opioid crisis.

Distribution could happen as soon as Spring 2022.

Opioid-related deaths reached a record high in 2020.

Schmitt stated that 1,842 lost their lives to opioids last year in Missouri.

“Over a hundred people die every day of opioid overdoses,” said Schmitt. “That’s like a plane going down of every day of every week of every month. In that context, we should be galvanizing all of our resources and our energy to fight this problem. And I think this settlement can go a long way in doing it.”

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