New Jersey to distribute $641M from settlement for opioid crisis

New Jersey will disburse $641 million over the next 16 years to confront opioid addiction.
Gov. Phil Murphy says the funds will come from the settlements between Johnson & Johnson and three other companies over their role in the addiction crisis. Murphy discussed the settlement funds during a roundtable discussion with stakeholders and acting Attorney General Matt Platkin.
The money will be used for opioid treatment, recovery, prevention, first-responder support programs and research. Half of the money will go to the state, while the other half will go to counties and towns.
The money will be paid through 2038.
Murphy and Platkin pledged that the money won't be used to plug budget holes and won't supplant any current funding.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.