Principles for the Use of Funds From the Opioid Litigation

States, cities, and counties will soon be receiving funds from opioid manufacturers, pharmaceutical distributors and pharmacies as a result of litigation brought against these companies for their role in the opioid epidemic that has claimed more than half a million lives over the past two decades.

Governors, attorneys general, and legislators will face difficult decisions in determining the best use of the funds. The following organizations encourage the use of five guiding principles during this process.

American Public Health Association

Center for Health + Justice Transformation, Brown University

Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

The College on Problems of Drug Dependence

The Drug Policy Alliance

The Kennedy Forum

Principle 1

Spend money to save lives.

Principle 2

Use evidence to guide spending.

Principle 3

Invest in youth prevention.

Principle 4

Focus on racial equity.

Principle 5

Develop a fair and transparent process for deciding where to spend the funding.