NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico’s Attorney General Office has reached a $58.5 million settlement Kroger Co. over its role in the opioid crisis. The attorney general’s office says the money will go toward efforts to fight the opioid crisis in local communities.

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The lawsuit claims the company helped fuel the crisis by dispensing the drugs despite obvious red flags. Attorney General Hector Balderas says the settlement sends a message that pharmacies must take an active role in protecting the communities they serve. The Attorney General’s Office says it plans to announce more settlements in the coming weeks.