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Plan calls for West Virginia to receive 1% of settlement reached with OxyContin maker

By Courtney Hessler, The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite being one of the areas most affected by the opioid crisis, West Virginia is set to receive about 1% of the proposed national settlement being reached with the drug company accused of creating the problem.

The disclosure for the settlement was made over the weekend after West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, with support from 82 counties and municipalities and others, filed an objection to Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy settlement and its failure to disclose how the $7 billion proposal would be split.

According to the newly released settlement document, known as the Denver Plan, West Virginia is set to receive about 1.16% of the settlement, about $81 million.

While the metrics were calculated based on several factors, including the amount of prescription opioids sold, the number of people suffering pain reliever use disorder, overdose deaths and more, it heavily relied on population measured by a 2018 U.S. Census estimate…

To read more: https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/plan-calls-for-wv-to-receive-1-of-settlement-reached-with-oxycontin-maker/article_71d0dcb9-c733-5e08-addf-d2cf2327ca20.html

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