How opioid settlement money will be spent in Washington

King County will receive $56 million from the drug settlement, Pierce County will receive $25.9 million, and Snohomish County will receive $25.4 million.

SEATTLE – Half a billion dollars received under agreements with three opioid distributors must be used for prevention, treatment and recovery.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the completion of a $518 million settlement Monday, along with guidance on how the money could be used and how much cities and counties will receive.

“This money will help prevent the next victim of the opioid epidemic because we know that there are not enough resources for prevention and treatment work and many other problems,” Ferguson said.

Washington brought trial against McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. in November 2021 after Ferguson accused the companies of failing to stop shipments of suspected opioids to Washington state or report them as required by law. The settlement came after a six-month trial.

Under the agreement, local governments will receive $215 million, and the state will receive $215 million. Ferguson said he would also direct a legal $46 million reimbursement to combat the opioid epidemic.

The five counties that will receive the largest amounts are King County ($56 million), Pierce County ($25.9 million), Snohomish County ($25.4 million), Spokane County ($19.1 million) and Clark County (14.6 million USD).

Seattle will receive $14.2 million, the largest amount of any city government. Tacoma will receive the second largest with $7.1 million, followed by Spokane with $6.6 million and Everett with $4.1 million.

A full breakdown of how much each county and city government will receive can be found here.

According to Ferguson, local jurisdictions split the amounts themselves using a formula that includes opioid shipments to the community, how many people have died from opioids, and how many people currently have a use disorder. opioids.

Funds must be used in approved ways, including improving and expanding treatment, assisting people in their recovery by providing package services such as housing, transportation and education, recreation address the needs of pregnant women, focus on youth-focused programs, increase availability of naloxone overdose, strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs, and support first responders .

Ferguson said cities must report how they spend their money.

More than $476 million from the settlement must be used to fight the opioid epidemic.

The payments will be spread over 17 years, though Ferguson says the funds will be preloaded for quick money flow. The first and largest payment of $55 million will be made on December 1.

Washington is engaged in additional litigation over the opioid pandemic. In March, Ferguson announced Washington would receive $183 million in a deal with Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid pandemic. Washington also sued opium producer Johnson & Johnson; That case is expected to go to trial in September.

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Edmund DeMarche

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