MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont will not be signing onto a tentative settlement with a pharmaceutical company for its role in the nation's opioid-crisis.

A spokeswoman for Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan said Thursday the Vermont would not be participating in the settlement reached between governments and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and state and local governments across the country.

Donovan Chief of Staff Charity Clark said Donovan would be issuing a more complete statement explaining his reasoning later Thursday.

Nearly half the states and some 2,000 local governments have agreed to a tentative settlement with Purdue Pharma over the toll of the nation's opioid crisis.

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