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City Council votes to join opioid litigation settlement

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In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas discusses the effects of the opioid crisis on families throughout the state during a news conference in Albuquerque. The Attorney General’s Office had asked municipalities and counties with populations of 10,000 or more to join the National Prescription Opiate Litigation Settlement by Jan. 2. (AP Photo)

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The city of Roswell has joined the state’s legal settlement with three opioid distributors.

The council met in a special session Tuesday and voted unanimously to approve a resolution entering into the National Prescription Opiate Litigation Settlement. The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office had asked municipalities and counties with populations of 10,000 or more to join the settlement by Jan. 2.

Voting at Tuesday’s meeting were Councilors Juan Oropesa, Daniel Lopez, Judy Stubbs, Barry Foster, Jeanine Best, Savino Sanchez and Jason Perry. Councilors Margaret Kennard, Jacob Roebuck and Angela Moore were absent.

The vote came after discussion in a closed session that lasted about 20 minutes.

The Chaves County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider joining the agreement in a special meeting Thursday.

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On Dec. 7, the attorney general’s office announced it would join the $18.5 billion settlement involving more than 20 states and their local municipalities and opioid distributors, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health, described by a news release as the three largest opioid distributors in the United States.

The amount of money the city and the state will receive is dependent on how many cities and counties join the agreement.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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