LANSING, Mich., Aug. 23, 2021 — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has officially signed on to a multibillion-dollar national opioid settlement with Johnson & Johnson and the three largest pharmaceutical distributors in the country: Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen. Michigan is expected to receive up to $800 million from the settlement to combat the crisis. In response, state Rep. Angela Witwer (Delta Township) issued the following statement:

“As a member of the Gov. Whitmer’s task force addressing the opioid crisis, I know just how devastating this epidemic has been to Michiganders across this state. I applaud Attorney General Nessel for her commitment to holding accountable those responsible for igniting the crisis. This settlement will take us one step closer to providing the necessary treatment, prevention and investment to end this epidemic once and for all while healing the families and communities ravaged by the crisis.”