Indiana to receive $53 million over Walmart opioid allegations

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana will receive roughly $53 million dollars in a settlement with Walmart over the company’s alleged role in the nation’s opioid crisis.

It was alleged that Walmart did not adequately supervise the distribution of the medicine at its pharmacies.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita says too many Hoosier families have been devastated by opioids and the settlement money will be used to fight the drug crisis.

Walmart has not admitted wrongdoing but said it will make changes to how it handles opioids.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita released the following:

Attorney General Todd Rokita today announced a $3.1 billion tentative settlement with Walmart to resolve allegations that the company contributed to the opioid addiction crisis by failing to appropriately oversee the distribution and dispensing of opioids at its stores.

“The opioid crisis has devastated far too many Hoosier families,” Attorney General Rokita said. “We continue working aggressively to hold accountable those companies whose actions have contributed to the opioid epidemic. Further, we are committed to bringing much needed funding to fight the drug crisis in Indiana.”

Indiana’s tentative share of the prospective settlement is approximately $53 million.

Besides the monetary settlement, the proposed agreement requires significant improvements in how Walmart’s pharmacies handle opioids.

Attorney General Rokita was one of 16 attorneys general who assisted in negotiating this proposed deal with Walmart, along with attorneys representing local governments.

This proposal comes on the heels of similar announcements by CVS Heath and Walgreen Co., each of which would pay approximately $5 billion in proposed settlements to resolve claims.