April 18, 2022

Manchin Statement On West Virginia's $99 Million Drug Epidemic Settlement With Johnson & Johnson

Charleston, WV – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on West Virginia’s $99 million settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (J&J), for their role in the opioid epidemic.

“West Virginia has been ground zero of the opioid epidemic. We now know that was the intention of pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson when they flooded our communities with prescription pain medications,” said Senator Manchin. “No financial settlement can bring back the lives lost to this epidemic or undo the pain this epidemic continues to inflict on our communities. This $99 million settlement on the part of J&J will help repair and rebuild our communities that continue to be ravaged by this crisis. I commend West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and his team on this successful settlement. This fight is far from over, and I will continue to do everything in my power to hold those responsible for this epidemic accountable.”

Senator Manchin’s efforts to combat the drug epidemic can be found here.