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Va. to receive $13.6 million in opioid settlement

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Posted at 4:44 PM, Feb 04, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia will be receiving more than $13.6 million from one of the world's largest consulting firms for its role in the opioid crisis.

It's part of a multi-state settlement with McKinsey and Company.

Va. Attorney General Mark Herring joined attorneys general from 47 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories to secure the $573 million settlement.

Herring says it's important that the firm be held accountable for its role helping companies promote the drugs and profit from the opioid epidemic.

"It's important to the families who have lost loved ones. It's important to anyone who's battling addiction," said Herring.

The money from the settlement will most likely be put into an opioid abatement program, which Herring is working with legislators to create.

It would help with opioid abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.

"If we're able to get money judgments from court or from settlements and get the money into the communities to provide treatment and prevention, that's really, really critical to helping to end this crisis," Herring told News 3.

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In addition to the money, McKinsey is also required to share internal documents online detailing its work for Purdue Pharma and other opioid companies.