About 130,485 people who can prove they were harmed by OxyContin will each get between $3,500 and $48,000. Guardians of 6,550 children born with symptoms of opioid withdrawal will receive about $7,000.
Over the past 20 years, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. died from prescription and illicit opioids. Federal economists said that the true cost of the epidemic — including law enforcement, healthcare and treatment — could run into trillions of dollars. During the pandemic, overdose deaths soared.