Bipartisan agreement reached with Texas counties and cities in preparation for settlement with opioid defendants

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AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a coordinated bipartisan agreement with county leaders from around the state regarding the way Texas will direct future settlement money to people most impacted from the opioid epidemic.

A press release from Texas Attorney General Paxton said that Texas is one of the lead states currently negotiating financial settlements with the nation’s largest companies in the opioid supply chain.

“The opioids crisis is an ongoing epidemic that impacts countless families throughout Texas and our nation,” said Paxton. “Families around Texas – from large urban areas to small farming and ranching communities – will benefit from this collaborative effort between my office and local leaders across our state. This agreement provides Texans in all 254 counties with desperately needed funding for education, prevention, and treatment in our fight against opioid abuse.”  

County officials from the Rio Grande Valley lauded the agreement reached between the Attorney General’s office and the localities

“I am pleased that Cameron County is part of today’s historic accord. Texas’ leaders have chosen
to put its people above its politics, and to work together to solve its opioids problem. I couldn’t be
more proud that the cities, counties and state of Texas have reached an agreement to fund the
remedy to this horrible epidemic that has devastated so many of its citizens.” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr.

“Together we have achieved an agreement to remediate the opioids epidemic in this state. Today, Texas is neither a red state, nor a blue state. It is a smart state.” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez. 

The full statements from county officials are available here

Read a copy of the agreement here.

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