November 18, 2021
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders
  • More than 3,300 lawsuits have been filed against drug manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies for their role in exacerbating the country’s opioid epidemic. Recognizing that final verdicts in these legal proceedings could take years, Senior Director Tym Rourke encourages states and communities to take three steps now to ensure that settlement resources are well utilized: 1) Support the establishment of structures to receive, protect, and appropriately expend settlement resources in support of evidence-based substance use prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services; 2) stay attuned to opportunities to weigh in at all levels, and 3) continue to hone the financial modeling of your service array, to be best prepared to make the case for how to maximize the impact of any settlement funds. (Blog here)