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County accepts $2.2M in opioid settlements with Rite Aid, Giant Eagle

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners have accepted about $2.2 million in settlements from opioid litigation from two major retail pharmacy chains.

Commissioners Frank Fuda, Mauro Cantalamessa and Niki Frenchko on Wednesday accepted settlement disbursement sheets from Rite Aid and Giant Eagle.

After legal fees, the county is getting $1,123,984 from the Rite Aid litigation and $1,125,000 from Giant Eagle.

The money comes from settlements claiming Rite Aid and Giant Eagle contributed to the opioid epidemic by failing to implement measures to prevent the distribution and dispersing of opioid prescriptions, which contributed to a public health crisis in Trumbull County. It will be used to help drug rehabilitation programs and the clients in them.

“We’re going to make sure these funds go back into the community,” Cantalamessa said.

In October 2021, in the middle of an opioid trial taking place in a U.S. District Court in Cleveland that also included CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, Giant Eagle Pharmacy agreed to participate in a settlement agreement. Rite Aid also agreed to a settlement.

A jury voted against CVS, Walgreens and Walmart in November.

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