Cuyahoga County Council set to vote Tuesday on creation of Opioid Mitigation Fund

Cuyahoga County Council set to vote Tuesday on creation of Opioid Mitigation Fund
The Cuyahoga County Council is set to vote on a plan to best utilize opioid settlement dollars. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - One day after a $260 million settlement in the federal opioid trial brought forth by Cuyahoga and Summit counties, leaders are solidifying a plan to best use the funds.

Noon Opioid Settlement

Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson will pay a combined $215 million. Israeli-based drugmaker Teva will contribute $20 million in cash and $25 million worth of generic Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction.

The Cuyahoga County Council will discuss and vote on a plan to establish an Opioid Mitigation Fund at its Tuesday night meeting beginning at 5 p.m.

The plan is comprised of four areas of focus: prevention, treatment, diversion and education. It makes a pledge to “distribute the money in a considerate, practical way."

Cuyahoga County Council set to vote tonight on creation of Opioid Mitigation Fund

Among the many proposals, the county would like to expand residential treatment beds, increase continued care from 45 days to 6 months, devote more money to peer recovery coaches and support, create K-12 drug and alcohol abuse programs, expand drug court diversion programs and increase law enforcement and social services personnel.

The complete plan can be seen here.

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