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How will Maricopa County spend money from opioid settlement?

PHOENIX — Maricopa County is getting a monetary allocation from opioid producers and sellers as a part of the second-largest money settlement ever.

Last year, Arizona joined different states and agreed to a $26 billion dollar settlement with Johnson & Johnson, together with three drug whole-sellers; AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson. The settlement will finish 1000’s of lawsuits claiming their practices helped gas the opioid epidemic.

Arizona will get $549 million, simply over 2%, of the settlement. Arizona will break up the money between the state (44%) and native cities and municipalities (56%). Maricopa County will get a complete of $80 million over the subsequent 18 years.

“I don’t know what you could do to pay for what has happened,” stated Kim Humphrey, CEO of Parents of Addicted Love Ones.

Humphrey runs a nonprofit to assist households which have somebody battling habit. The situation is personal to him after his two sons suffered from habit issues. His eldest son’s habit started after taking a single Percocet capsule.

“His reaction was that I could not, not have that,” Humphrey stated.

It was the beginning of a nine-year wrestle. Humphrey’s eldest son grew to become homeless earlier than lastly turning into sober.

Humphrey believes the drug firms knew how addictive their medicine have been.

“There was a clear knowledge on how dependency-causing these drugs were,” Humphrey stated.

As a part of the settlement, not one of the firms acknowledged any wrongdoing.

Maricopa County will get lower than a 3rd of 1% of the settlement.

“I think time will tell,” stated Jeanene Fowler, with Maricopa County Public Health. “This is for 18 years, so I think we want to make sure we have a solid plan.”

She says that is simply a part of the money the county will obtain to struggle the opioid epidemic. The focus will be on stopping habit and serving to addicts get well.

“This money is going to allow us to look at what has already been invested in the community, where the gaps are,” Fowler stated.

Humphrey hopes the money will assist fund a holistic method to assist nonprofits and clinics save lives.

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