2021 was a complicated year. Although we faced many challenges as a state and nation, my team and I rose to meet them as best as we could, and we secured a number of important wins for the people of North Carolina.
* We led the negotiations for the second largest state attorney general settlement in the history of the country — a $26 billion agreement with opioid distributors and Johnson & Johnson. North Carolina stands to receive approximately $750 million to help provide treatment and recovery services for those battling opioid addiction. This is crucial progress to help North Carolinians get the support they need.
* We made North Carolina the first state to successfully hold vaping company JUUL accountable for its dangerous role in spiking teen use of e-cigarettes. North Carolina secured fundamental changes to JUUL’s business practices and $40 million to help kids conquer their nicotine addiction, achieving a major win in the fight against teen vaping. And as the father of a teenager and two young adults, I know how important this victory is for families across our state.
* We’re leading a bipartisan coalition of 51 attorneys general to fight unwanted and illegal robocalls. We’re taking action to protect our state’s consumers and hold robocalling scammers accountable.
* We’re fighting to protect the quality of the water people drink. We took DuPont and Chemours to court for discharging GenX and other chemicals that last forever into the Cape Fear River. People deserve to know that when they turn on their tap at home, the water is safe and clean.
* We’re taking action to protect the USPS from Louis DeJoy’s efforts to undermine one of our nation’s most important public services. We filed a complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission to block DeJoy’s disastrous 10-year plan.
* We’re making our criminal justice system fairer and better. We’ve been working hard to implement recommendations of the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice. The legislature passed new laws and local law enforcement has adopted new policies to further the critical work of improving the criminal justice system. While we made significant progress, we have much more work to do.
* We’re eliminating the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence collection kits in North Carolina. We’ve tested or are in the process of testing more than half of the untested kits that had been sitting on the shelves of local law enforcement agencies. And we asked for and secured from the General Assembly both an additional $9 million to complete the job of ending the backlog and additional scientists so that another backlog never develops here again.
* And so much more….
I’m eager to keep delivering for the people of North Carolina in the new year. If you’re eager too, I ask you to chip in whatever you can toward our end-of-year goal today and help power our critical work as we head into the new year: [[link removed]]
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We couldn’t have achieved what we did without your support, so thank you for being an important part of this team.
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Josh Stein for Attorney General
PO Box 1326
Raleigh, NC 27602
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