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Michigan announces framework for opioid settlement with Walmart

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Michigan is taking part in a 3-billion-dollar nationwide opioid settlement with Walmart announced this week. Michigan Public Radio’s Colin Jackson has more.

The retail giant faces accusations of helping fuel the opioid crisis by not properly overseeing how the drugs were handled at its pharmacies.

Walmart denies all wrongdoing and points to a paragraph in the settlement framework acknowledging the company sold fewer opioids per store than other major chains.

Still, the settlement could provide Michigan with millions to pay for treatment and recovery services.

It can only take effect if 43 states and enough local governments sign on to the deal.

If those thresholds get met by their respective deadlines, payments could go out over the course of a six-year period.

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