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The McKinsey & Co. consulting firm has reached a $573 million settlement with 47 states over its work advising Purdue Pharma and other drug makers to aggressively market opioid painkillers.

This is the first national settlement to emerge from the massive opioid litigation filed by state, county, and local governments against opioid manufacturers over the past several years. The deal is also the first to result in a substantial payment to the states to address the epidemic. The funds will be used for prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts.

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