Fremont opts in for opioid class action lawsuit settlement

FREMONT – City council approved the city’s participation in a multi-billion dollar national opioid agreement in 2021 as the city hopes to allocate more money to addiction treatment services.

The local council unanimously passed a resolution in a special meeting on Thursday.

Justice director Jim Melle said any funds the city would get into the settlement could only be used for drug treatment.

The agreement Melle was referring to concerns a pact dated July 21 between the MDL board committee of the MDL plaintiffs, several attorneys general and four lead defendants.

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The parties announced an agreement on the terms of the proposed statewide settlement to settle all opioid lawsuits brought by state and local authorities against the three largest pharmaceutical distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen, as well as manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company Johnson & Johnson .

Registration deadline extended until next week

Melle said the attorney general gave cities and towns a deadline on Friday to approve the deal, although that deadline has been postponed to next week.

Attorney General Dave Yost put pressure on the counties Friday, citing joining Ohio’s massive $ 808 million deal with three major drug traffickers sued for their role in the opioid epidemic, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

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At least 95% of the arguing communities must sign for the deal to move forward. But by Friday morning only 86% had joined. Friday was the deadline set by the Attorney General.

He set a new deadline of 5 p.m. for next Friday and tried to turn up the heat on those who weren’t there.

Yost said he’ll be putting a button on his website showing who’s on it or not so the public can know if their community is part of it.

Fremont’s share?

Fremont would be entitled to 0.725% of the money the state receives from the settlement, Melle said.

“Any dollar numbers we get for treatment are important,” Melle said.

Melle said there were many cities that were unaware of the settlement and the potential funding for treatment services.

Mayor Danny Sanchez said any money the city receives could help organizations like the Surest Path Recovery Center, run by David Guardiola.

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