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Regional Opioid Settlement Funding

Regional Opioid Settlement Funding

The Douglas County Region 12 Opioid Council received opioid settlement funding to address gaps and opportunities in prevention, treatment, and recovery services for people with opioid use disorder (OUD) as well as other co-occurring substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental illnesses in the region. Region 12 has decided to dedicate dollars to the following seven programs:

● Withdrawal Management
● MOUD/MAT
● Peer Support
● Expansion of CRT and HEART programs
● Youth Prevention
● Transportation
● Case Management

The opioid epidemic is nationwide – including here in Douglas County. In 2021, 220 people nationwide died each day of an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But there is hope – and a new source of funding to address opioid abuse prevention and treatment.

In 2020-2021, opioid settlements were reached nationwide with Johnson & Johnson and the nation’s three largest drug distribution companies to resolve claims by state and local governments that these companies contributed to the opioid epidemic. The $750 million in settlement funding must be used in alignment with the settlement, which includes funding for opioid abuse prevention and treatment.

Of that settlement funding, 60% will be distributed to 19 regional areas in Colorado for local use. Douglas County is in its own region (Region 12), and received $1.4 million in 2023 and is expecting to receive up to $2.5 million in 2024.  Submittals for funding were due by March 12, and are in review at this time.

To be good stewards of this funding, Douglas County convened the Region 12 Opioid Abatement Council, which determined seven main uses for the funding, based on local needs.

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