TAMPA- At a Thursday morning press conference, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the state had reached a settlement with Walgreens Company for $680 million over their role in the opioid crisis.
The move comes several weeks into a civil trial against the pharmacy chain where evidence presented by the state apparently demonstrated the company’s slow reaction to high volumes of opioid based painkillers moving through their stores.
The company admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement and will pay $620 million over the next 18 years with $63 million up front to cover attorneys fees.
Calling it a “historic settlement” Moody says it will have nationwide impact.
Thus far, the state has sued 12 manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs and has collected $3 billion in awards.
Moody says the money will go towards abatement of the crisis which led to the deaths of over 33,000 people nationally in 2015 alone.
“I vowed to seek accountability from those who helped fuel the opioid crisis,” Moody said.