Data Dashboard – NC Payment Schedule

This dashboard provides the schedule of estimated payments for each of the 117 North Carolina counties and cities receiving payments from the national opioid settlements.  These are estimated payments and are subject to change.  The estimated payment amounts were provided by the North Carolina Department of Justice (NC DOJ) based on information available to NC DOJ in April 2022.

Note that Cary, Gastonia, and Raleigh have directed their respective funds to counties of which they are a part.  The estimated payments to Chatham, Durham, Gaston, and Wake Counties have increased to reflect this, based on a formula developed by the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC).



Technical Notes on Payments

The terms “Spring” and “Summer” reflect unavoidable uncertainty regarding the exact timing of estimated payments to counties, municipalities, and the state. 

General explanation:  The flow of funds under the settlement is a two-step process.  First, the defendants make lump-sum payments to the national settlement administrator.  Second, the national administrator makes wire transfers to the dozens of state governments and thousands of local governments set to receive payments under the terms of the national settlements and the various state-level agreements about how funds will flow to state and local governments (which differ substantially from state to state).  While the deadlines for the defendants to make lump-sum payments to the national settlement administrator (step one) are clear, the timing of the subsequent payments from the national administrator to state and local governments (step two) depends on complex logistical procedures to be established and implemented by the national settlement administrator.

Spring 2022 payment:  The distributors release funds to the national settlement administrator on April 2, 2022 (step one). The national administrator then disburses these funds to local and state governments sometime thereafter (step two).  We use the term “Spring 2022” to account for the uncertain timing of step two.  Note that there is no Johnson & Johnson payment in the Spring of 2022.

Summer 2022 payment:  Johnson & Johnson will releases funds to the national settlement administrator on July 1, 2022 and July 15, 2022; and the distributors release funds to the national settlement administrator on July 15, 2022 (step one). The national settlement administrator then disburses these funds to local and state governments sometime thereafter (step two).  We use the term “Summer 2022” to account for the uncertain timing of step two.

Summer payments from 2023 through 2031:  From 2023 through 2031, Johnson & Johnson releases funds to the national settlement administrator on June 1 of each year and the distributors release funds to the national settlement administrator on July 15 of each year (step one). In each of these years, the national settlement administrator then disburses these funds to local and state governments sometime thereafter (step two).  We use the term “Summer” to account for the uncertain timing of step two during these years.

Summer payments from 2032 through 2038:  From 2032 through 2038, the distributors release funds to the national settlement administrator on July 15 of each year (step one). In each of those years, the national settlement administrator then disburses these funds to local and state governments sometime thereafter (step two).  We use the term “Summer” to account for the uncertain timing of step two during these years. Note that Johnson & Johnson makes its last settlement payment in 2031.  Although distributor payments continue from 2032 through 2038, there are no Johnson & Johnson payments during these years.

Last Updated April 25, 2022