In November of 2021, following a closed session discussion on the topic, the Board voted to authorize the settlement of any potential claims the County may have against McKesson, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, Janssen, and their related corporate entities related to the opioid health crisis. The Board also authorized the County’s participation in the Virginia Opioid Abatement Authority, pursuant to an adopted MOU, which requires any funds received to be used to abate the effects of opioid misuse in the local community. Pursuant to the initial settlement and the distributions of the settlement through the Opioid Authority, the County received $18,542.56 in 2021 and $19,487.32 in 2022. These funds are separately maintained by the County for the purpose of opioid abatement under the terms of the MOU. Payments under the initial settlement will continue for six years.
Earlier this year, the County received notice of an additional settlement with defendants Teva, Allergan, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These defendants will also pay damages over the course of six years. Like the first settlement the new settlement resolves all claims against these defendants nationwide, funneling all governmental funds through state-based Opioid Abatement Authorities. All funds received through the new settlement will be distributed through and administered by the Virginia Opioid Abatement Authority under the previously adopted MOU. In order to participate in the settlement and claim the benefit of these additional funds the County must authorize a representative to sign the necessary documents. The documents are in similar form to those already executed with regard to the previous defendants.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Staff recommends the Board:
a. Approve the appropriations as presented;
b. Approve the County Attorney invoice of $18,068.35;
c. Authorize staff to negotiate and execute a final contract with RDA Systems, Inc. for the new ERP system;
d. Approve the proposed revisions to the small purchase policy and the corresponding credit card policy, allowing implementation by County staff at the beginning of FY24 (July 1, 2023).
e. Consider the attached documents, and if so inclined, grant the County Attorney authority to execute the new settlement documents on behalf of the County.
The following Public Hearings were advertised (ad attached) for:
Paul E. Harvey, Director of Community Development