Texas finalizes distribution of opioid settlement money

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Texas and county leaders have finalized a bipartisan agreement directing how future settlement money will be distributed to people impacted from the opioid epidemic, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced.

Texas is negotiating financial settlements with companies in the opioid supply chain for damages caused by the opioid crisis.

“The opioids crisis is an ongoing epidemic that impacts countless families throughout Texas and our nation,” Paxton said.  “Families around Texas – from large urban areas to small farming and ranching communities – will benefit from this collaborative effort between my office and local leaders across our state. This agreement provides Texans in all 254 counties with desperately needed funding for education, prevention, and treatment in our fight against opioid abuse.”

Under the agreement, 15 percent of settlement funds would be distributed to political subdivisions, 15 percent would be distributed to the Office of the Texas Attorney General as counsel for the state of Texas, and 70 percent would be distributed to the Texas Opioid Abatement Fund through the Texas Opioid Council.

Expenses up to 1 percent will be paid from the fund to the Texas Comptroller.

Since 1999, opioid overdoses have quadrupled nationwide. In Texas, there were 3,005 deaths involving opioids in 2018 and 67,367 deaths nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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