Statewide, drug distributors sent an average of 42 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills for every Ohioan each year from 2006 through 2012. File

Montgomery County set to join huge opioid settlement

Montgomery County commissioners will vote in a special meeting Thursday whether to join a massive federal settlement against opioid manufacturers and distributors just ahead of a Friday deadline.

Montgomery County announced in February 2018 that it would sue opioid manufacturers and distributors, similar to the city of Dayton, which initiated legal action in June 2017 against companies the governments allege bear responsibility for a crisis that killed thousands of Ohioans.

Thursday’s special meeting will be at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room on the 10th floor of the County Administration Building, 451 W. Third St., Dayton.

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Under the One Ohio agreement, 11% would be taken off the top for attorney fees and the remaining cash would be divvied up — 30% for local governments, 55% to a new foundation and 15% to the attorney general’s office.

Based on the guidelines and a $1 billion settlement, Montgomery County would receive $46.9 million, the most in this region. Dayton would receive $12 million and Warren County $9.5 million and Greene County $8.2 million. Clark County would receive $11 million.

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The lawsuits allege the pharmaceutical industry knowingly employed misleading marketing tactics and failed to track suspicious orders, which contributed to the opioid epidemic.

More than 2,600 federal lawsuits were consolidated before U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland.

In 2018 alone, 3,764 Ohioans died of unintentional drug overdoses, with 3,150 of those involving some type of prescription or illicit opioid. The costly crisis overburdened police, social service agencies, and treatment centers.

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