CVS, Walgreens to pay Nebraska $41 million for roles in opioid crisis
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The State of Nebraska will receive millions in a settlement with CVS and Walgreens regarding the opioid crisis.
The companies will pay out a total of $10.7 billion for their roles in the opioid crisis. Nebraska is set to receive $41 million from that fund.
Lawsuits from 17 states, including Nebraska, alleged the companies negligently filled opiate prescriptions, according to a press release from Attorney General Doug Peterson.
CVS and Walgreens also agreed to monitor and report suspicious activities when prescribing opioids.
Walmart made a similar agreement in November, also regarding their role in the opioid crisis. Nebraska will receive $11 million from Walmart’s settlement.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says the money will be used to fund services that combat opioid abuse and help with recovery.
The agreement will be sent to the states for review, and each state will have until 2022 to apply for funds. The State of Nebraska plans to join the agreement.