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Kemp Signs Legislation to Secure $ 636 Million Opioid Settlement


Governor Brain Kemp has signed opioid legislation to secure more than $600 million in an opioid settlement. Under the national agreement, Georgia would receive $636 million dollars from the $26-billion multistate opioid settlement with the nation’s three major distributors, Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergenas well as manufacturer Johnson and Johnson.

Under the agreement, the state would have to enact a litigation bar that would prevent local governments from pursuing any further legal action. With SB 500 signed into law, Georgia will now receive an initial allocation of $66 million dollars within 90 days, instead of over a multi-year period.

According to the governor’s office, fentanyl-related deaths in Georgia have increased by 218 percent from 2019 to 2021.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!