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Opioid Settlement Resources


On Feb. 25, 2022, Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the finalization of a $26 billion national settlement with Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen – three major pharmaceutical distributors in the U.S. (Distributors) – and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), which manufactured and marketed opioids. The agreement stems from the companies’ roles in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic. 

Of that $26 billion, Kentucky is slated to receive $478.1 million to be paid out in installments through 2038. In collaboration with the Attorney General’s office, KACo worked to ensure that counties receive their fair share of the settlement dollars to support addiction treatment and recovery services. 

Counties and cities will receive half of the state’s allocation, approximately $239 million, less funds set aside for payment of fees to the attorneys that represented local governments in the litigation.


You can submit a question about opioid settlement funds HERE.

KACo Contact


Lauren Carr
Opioid Settlement Advisor

Opioid Settlement Resource Library

The resource library contains links to the national settlement agreement and distribution schedules, information about the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission, and resources from NACo and Johns Hopkins University. 

Access the library here

Opioid Settlement News


April 22, 2024
KACo hosts training on opioid settlement fund best practices
Watch a recording of the class.
April 10, 2024
Counties, cities to receive opioid settlement payment this month
Latest distribution totals more than $3 million
March 12, 2024
AG Coleman to Opioid Commission: This is a Spark of Hope
Attorney General Russell Coleman delivered the following remarks to the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission today (Mar. 12) outlining his priorities for fighting the drug addiction crisis:
February 13, 2024
Attorney General Coleman sues Kroger regarding opioid crisis
Kentucky has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, and the consequences have caused suffering and grief for many families.
December 20, 2022
Counties r​eceive first payments from opioid settlement
Counties should receive a total of seven payments this month (Dec. 2022), including two from the Distributor’s settlement and five from the J&J settlement.
July 21, 2021
Kentucky to receive $460 million in opioid settlement agreement
Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced today that Kentucky will receive an estimated $460 million settlement from opioid distributors as part of a $26 billion multi-state agreement between opioid distributors and state attorneys general.