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U.S. Sen. Manchin critical of opioids settlement

By JESS MANCINI

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WASHINGTON — A $37 million settlement announced Thursday between the state of West Virginia and a pharmaceutical distributor didn’t pass muster with Sen. Joe Manchin.

Manchin criticized the agreement announced by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Gov. Jim Justice with McKesson Corp., calling it “horrific and inadequate … for flooding West Virginia with opioids and killing thousands of West Virginians.” Manchin in October said Morrisey and McKesson were settling on a $35 million deal, which was denied by the office of the attorney general.

“I spoke out then and I’m speaking out now that it makes me sick that the very people that are supposed to protect West Virginians are letting a drug distributor screw us over,” Manchin said. “It makes me sick, and I know it makes every West Virginian sick, especially those who have lost someone to this drug epidemic or know someone who is struggling with drug addiction now. This disgraceful settlement is a shameful injustice to us all.”

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