LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette City Council voted Monday to opt out of a settlement against manufacturers and distributers of opioids, citing a number of uncertainties regarding the allocation of the settlement.

An Indianapolis-based law firm, the Journal & Courier reported in 2018, would be representing Lafayette, West Lafayette and dozens of cities and counties in the state. West Lafayette City Council voted Monday night to opt out of the settlement as well.

Even though the city filed suit in 2017 against manufacturers and distributers of opioids, deemed the source of a national epidemic of drug addiction, Monday's City Council agenda included a resolution to opt out of Indiana Code 4-6-15.

Seventy percent of the settlement is set to be distributed throughout the state by the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration.

"In 2017, the city of Lafayette filed suit against certain manufacturers and distributers of prescription opioids," Jacqueline Chosnek, the deputy city attorney for Lafayette, said during Monday's meeting, "seeking to recover damages and other relief to address the significant cause resulting from the decades-long opioid crisis."
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