Meet the people deciding how to spend $50B in opioid settlement cash

BY: - July 10, 2023

State councils, as unique as the states are from one another, wield immense power over how the cash is spent.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Staff shortages, ‘burdensome’ regulations among top hurdles for addiction treatment providers

BY: - March 9, 2023

At the three-hour-long public hearing hosted by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a bipartisan and bicameral legislative agency, panelists provided lawmakers with an update on various efforts to stem the tide of opioid addiction and prevent overdose deaths in the commonwealth.  

$50B in opioid settlement cash is on the way. How will it be spent? | Analysis

BY: - March 2, 2023

Transparency 'is letting everyone — I mean everyone — know they can be part of this,' a recovery expert said.

Philly announces plan to invest $200M in opioid settlement funds

BY: - January 7, 2023

The initial investments will go to 'an array of crisis response strategies' both citywide and in targeted neighborhoods, officials said.

In rural America, the deadly costs of opioids outweigh the dollars tagged to address them

BY: - December 29, 2022

'Most folks know these individuals or know somebody who knows them,' Pamlico County Manager Tim Buck said.

Pa. addiction specialists, lawmakers, and officials discuss addiction, settlement funds, stigma

BY: - December 16, 2022

The virtual roundtable ”to share their personal stories and discuss how their agencies’ efforts are making an impact” included state Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana; state Sen. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery; U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District; Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jen Smith; and Dr. Bernard James Costello, associate vice chancellor for Health Science Integration at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Schools, Sheriffs, and Syringes: State plans vary for spending $26B in opioid settlement funds

BY: - November 23, 2022

States’ choices generally reflect a range of local priorities.

Blair Co. lawmaker named House appointee to $1B opioid settlement trust

BY: - September 1, 2022

Gregory will serve as the House appointee to the 13-member Opioid Misuse and Addiction Abatement Trust, established to distribute funds received from a settlement with three pharmaceutical distributors and Johnson & Johnson that Pennsylvania signed onto in January. 

Pa. counties to receive first payments from $26B opioid settlement this summer

BY: - April 14, 2022

“These settlement funds will provide more treatment and more capacity to county and local organizations, help provide important ancillary services — like transportation for people trying to access treatment and save lives,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement.

Pa. poised to see $1B from national opioid settlement, with all 67 counties signing on

BY: - January 27, 2022

By the Wednesday night deadline, all 67 counties, including 241 local governments, opted to join the $26 billion opioid agreement with three of the country’s largest pharmaceutical providers — Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen — and manufacturer Johnson & Johnson over their role in fueling the nationwide opioid crisis.

Pa.’s opioid settlement is bad for Philly, DA Krasner says, as he waits for another deal

BY: - January 25, 2022

'It’s my hope that we can come to a resolution soon, but if we cannot, we will fight them into a courtroom and we will make them pay,' he said.


Opioid settlement left out pain management care and research on addictive drugs | Opinion

BY: - August 23, 2021

Gaps in pain care and treatment, one of the key factors that enabled inappropriate opioid prescribing in the first place, persist.