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Arizona used opioid settlement to shore up its budget. Now, the funds could be in danger

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Mariana Dale/KJZZ

The nation’s high court blocked a settlement this week with the company Purdue Pharma over its role in the opioid crisis.

That could endanger the more than $100 million Arizona was set to receive.

The majority of justices ruled it was wrong to shield the Sackler Family, who owns Purdue Pharma, from any personal liability.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes says she is looking at the decision, though she does not yet know the path forward.

Her predecessor, Mark Brnovich, says he believes the Sackler family should have liability, but the decision makes it less likely the communities who need the funds most won’t get them as soon.

In the recently passed state budget, Arizona will use $115 million in other opioid settlement funds to supplement the Department of Corrections.