States Argue Over Drug Industry Law Suit

Around 2,000 state and local governments, who were suing the drug industry over the nation’s deadly opioid crisis, are starting to battle against each other over the best way to distribute any money that they might receive in a settlement.  Local governments say that they have had to shoulder many of the costs of the epidemic, including police protection and mental health treatment, and want to directly control some of the money.  State governments say that they are in a better position to oversee the proceeds and can run larger prevention and treatment programs.  There have been concerns on settlements that states received, due to what happened back in the 1990 with the tobacco industry.  Must of that money ended up going towards projects that had nothing to do with getting people to quit smoking.