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Lining up for next windfall
States line up to sue opioid makers, but there’s no guarantee of a windfall or agreement on how to spend one.
In November 1998, Rhode Island was part of a historic settlement with the tobacco industry to pay for the health care costs of smoking that would keep the 46 states involved flush with cash for decades to come. The state has received more than $1 billion in total tobacco payments since 1999, with annual payments…