City of Panama City settles on opioid crisis lawsuit

At Tuesday’s commission meeting, officials approved a settlement agreement of roughly $175,000...
At Tuesday’s commission meeting, officials approved a settlement agreement of roughly $175,000 for the city.(WJHG)
Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 9:21 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City continues to fight the opioid crisis in our area.

Along with many other communities in Florida, including Bay County, Panama City sued multiple companies involved in the opioid crisis roughly five years ago. These included CVS Health Corporation/CVS Pharmacy, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

At Tuesday’s commission meeting, officials approved a settlement agreement of roughly $175,000 for the city.

City leaders said the money will be going towards local law enforcement who worked hard to help combat the crisis.

“The opioid situation is an expensive issue for law enforcement. Narcan is expensive. And so with the number of cases we’ve had here just in our small area, the amount of money that we’re getting will help offset that,” Mayor Greg Brudknicki said.

The money won’t be coming in all at once. Officials said they’ll be receiving payments for the next 18 years or so.

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