Attorney General Doug Peterson

LINCOLN - Last week, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson announced a historic multi-state settlement.

Peterson tells News Talk WJAG, two opioid settlements, one with the nation's three major pharmaceutical distributors, and another with Johnson & Johnson are in the combined amount of $26 billion.

He says each state’s share of the funding has been determined by an agreement, with Nebraska’s share set to be over $100 million.

"West Virginia and Nebraska are fairly close in population. Yet, the number of overdoses, and the number of opioids prescribed in West Virginia is far, far higher than what we have in Nebraska. So it would not make sense to do it just on a proportion based on population."

Peterson says the priority of the money is to be spent on opioid treatment and prevention.

A separate lawsuit has been filed against Purdue Pharma, the largest manufacturer of prescription opioids. Purdue is in bankruptcy proceedings. The bankruptcy court is currently evaluating a proposed settlement with the states.

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