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Local Governments Struggle to Distribute Opioid Settlement Funds Effectively

Settlement money amounting to billions of dollars is being distributed to various U.S. towns and cities to combat the opioid crisis, but local governments are facing challenges in utilizing it properly. Advocates express concern that inadequate resources and lack of strategic planning might result in misdirected funds. The majority of the money comes from settlements with drugmakers, wholesalers, and pharmacies, which could total more than $50 billion over nearly two decades. States have more experience handling such funds, as demonstrated during the tobacco industry settlements in the 1990s. Experts emphasize the importance of providing treatment to opioid users, addressing the root causes of addiction, and creating an environment that prevents drug abuse. Local governments must consider community input and conduct needs assessments before distributing the funds in order to address the ongoing crisis effectively.

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Sources: - https://apnews.com/article/opioid-settlement-small-towns-local-governments-5daabce1ac8da004f94df0cc0b288e43

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Lara Curico

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