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The Cherokee Nation and three opioid distributors reached a $75 million settlement to resolve opioid-related claims against the companies, the tribe and the companies announced Tuesday.
The Tahlequah, Oklahoma-based tribe announced the settlement, the largest in Cherokee Nation history, with McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The settlement will be paid out over six and a half years.
"Today’s settlement will make an important contribution to addressing the opioid crisis in the Cherokee Nation Reservation; a crisis that has disproportionately and negatively affected many of our citizens," Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement. "This settlement will enable us to increase our investments in mental health treatment facilities and other programs to help our people recover."
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The tribe sued the three companies, along with several pharmacy companies, in 2017, alleging they contributed to "an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse" within the tribe and have not done enough to prevent tribal members from acquiring illegally prescribed opioid painkillers.
The three companies said in a joint statement that the settlement is a step toward "a broader settlement with all federally recognized Native American tribes across the country."
"While the companies strongly dispute the allegations against them, they believe this resolution will allow the companies to focus their attention and resources on the safe and secure delivery of medications and therapies while delivering meaningful relief to affected communities, and will also support efforts to achieve a broad resolution with the remaining Native American tribes," the statement said.