Cherokee Nation's $75 Million Settlement in Opioid Lawsuit is Largest in Tribe's History
September 29, 2021
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - The Cherokee Nation on Tuesday announced three of the nation's largest drug distributors will pay it $75 million to settle legal claims that the companies created an opioid crisis on Cherokee tribal lands. The deal is the first of its kind with a tribal government.
The Cherokee Nation filed the lawsuit in 2017, after it was determined that pharmaceutical distributors flooded Cherokee Nation communities with nearly 200 million opioid painkillers in a two year span. The over abundance equated to 153 opioid pills per individual living in Cherokee Nation communities.