In response to the requirements of Senate Bill 1827, passed by the 87th Texas Legislature in 2021, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts publishes statewide opioid settlement agreement records.1
SB 1827 requires the state to maintain an account and a fund related to opioid abatement settlements. The account and fund are used to manage payments received by the state from settlements against opioid manufacturers, distributors, or other parties subject to violation of state or federal laws on the manufacture, marketing, distribution, or sale of opioids.2
The Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council was formed to ensure that money recovered through the joint efforts of the state and its political subdivisions through a statewide opioid settlement agreement is allocated fairly and spent to remediate the opioid crisis using efficient, cost-effective methods.3
The council is administratively attached to the Texas Comptroller’s office, which provides the staff and facilities as necessary to assist the council in performing its duties.4
The council is composed of 14 members, including:5
Texas has participated in the following agreements with different companies to resolve legal claims against them for their role in the opioid crisis. Funding is dependent on the number of subdivisions or local governments that join the settlement agreements. One agreement is with opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson (“Janssen”). The other agreement is with three major pharmaceutical distributors (“Distributors”): AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson. Below are the documents related to these agreements.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.