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an arrangement of Oxycodone pills
This Aug. 29, 2018, photo shows an arrangement of Oxycodone pills in New York. A $26 billion settlement between the three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and thousands of states and municipalities that sued over the toll of the opioid crisis is certainly significant, but it is far from tying a neat bow on the tangle of still unresolved lawsuits surrounding the epidemic. (AP file photo)

U.S. opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements

Lawyers for local governments announced Tuesday they were on the verge of a $26 billion settlement with the nation’s three biggest drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson as part of the effort to force the industry to help pay to fix a nationwide opioid addiction and overdose crisis.

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