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PBS NewsHour Highlights Attorney General Josh Stein’s Work To Tackle Opioid Crisis, Invest In Recovery & Treatment Resources

Josh Stein led bipartisan efforts to hold big drug companies accountable that “netted roughly $54 billion” nationwide

In response to the devastating opioid epidemic, which claimed the lives of over 4,000 North Carolinians in 2021 alone, Attorney General Josh Stein led bipartisan negotiations to hold opioid manufacturers accountable. Now, PBS NewsHour is reporting on how the historic $54 billion in settlements are beginning to make their way into communities across the country to support local recovery efforts, and what North Carolina is doing with its share of roughly $1.5 billion.


Chrystal Weatherly, a Montgomery County peer support specialist, is now able to use the settlement funds to distribute Narcan to county residents: “People need support. And people need to know that the stigma that is typically attached to substance use is not viewed that way by everybody.” According to PBS, Montgomery County’s overdose death rate is nearly double that of North Carolina statewide rate.

The report underscores Attorney General Stein’s commitment to requiring the $54 billion to be used “to help people who are struggling with opioid addiction,” and his dedication to ensure that there are “many, many more people who are alive, healthy and happy because of these funds.” 

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Excerpts from PBS NewsHour: As opioid settlement money starts to flow in, states debate how best to use it