U.S. judge pushes for quick settlement of opioid lawsuits

The federal judge in charge of more than 400 lawsuits by cities, counties, and Native American tribes over the opioid crisis is pushing for a settlement by the end of the year that will involve not just money but a meaningful solution to the problem.

Judge Dan Aaron Polster took an unorthodox approach at a preliminary hearing, asking for immediate settlement discussions and curtailing lengthy legal procedures.

"I did a little math," the judge said. "About 150 Americans are going to die today, just today, while we're meeting …

"The stakes, in this case, are incredibly high," he commented. "The judicial branch typically doesn't fix social problems, which is why I'm somewhat uncomfortable doing this. But it seems the most human thing to do."

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