Apply the Principles
If you’re looking for specific guidance on how to incorporate the Principles, these supplemental documents can help assess your state or locality’s planning and help with spending allocation decisions.
Contingency Management for Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorder and Strategies to Address Polysubstance Use
The increasing use of psychostimulants, including cocaine and methamphetamine), alone and together with fentanyl is viewed as the “fourth wave” of the overdose crisis. Contingency management is an essential intervention to assist individuals with stimulant use disorder.
Implementing Syringe Services Programs in Michigan
Jurisdictions that are considering using opioid litigation funds to scale up syringe services programs should apply these lessons from Michigan’s rapid expansion of syringe services programs.
Principles Coalition Announces Inaugural Winners of Award for Excellence in the Application of the Opioid Litigation Principles
Rock County, WI, and state of Colorado recognized for their approach to opioid litigation settlements.
Incorporating the Principles into Settlement Spending: Two Examples of Award Winning Planning
Want to see how Rock County, WI and Colorado incorporated the opioid litigation principles into their decision-making?
Big Money Means Big Decisions: Learning from the challenges some states have faced
The planning process for handling funds from the opioid litigation has been a bumpy road for some states. What can we learn from these experiences?
Reaching people where they are–using EMS to start buprenorphine
New research examines the possibility of emergency medical services (EMS) starting patients on buprenorphine without bringing them to the emergency room. Could this make sense in your state or community?
Harm Reduction 101: How States Can Use Opioid Settlement Funds to Save Lives
Unsure what the term ‘harm reduction’ means? Check out this blog post explaining what harm reduction is, the evidence supporting harm reduction’s impact, and common misconceptions.
Access to Addiction Treatment in the Omnibus and Implications for Litigation Dollars
The recent piece of omnibus legislation passed by Congress contains a number of policies that will make it easier for people with substance use disorders to access treatment. What are the implications for the opioid litigation money?
Patient Engagement with Primary Care Improves Outcomes
A recent study found that connecting people entering addiction treatment with a primary care provider improved outcomes five years later. Jurisdictions should consider approaches such as this when looking at how to invest money from the opioid litigation.
Employers Take Action to Address Opioid Use Disorder
The National Safety Council has developed a suite of programs to help employers support workers with substance use disorders. States and communities may have opportunities to partner with employers with the funds from the opioid litigation.
The Promise of Litigation Funds to Sustain and Expand Programming
Local jurisdictions face financial challenges in keeping effective programs running. The money from the opioid litigation has the potential to provide needed support to these programs for years. Read how Milwaukee is thinking about how using the funds to sustain existing programs and fill unmet needs.
Looking for ways to get involved in state and local decisions?
State and local advocates are experts in community needs; their involvement in decisions around spending the money from the opioid litigation is essential to making sure that the money will be used to save the most lives. A new guide provides information on how advocates can build on their existing work and influence the spending of the new dollars.
The Principles for Community Advocates
The original Principles were create for state and local policy makers. But the Principles can also be used to help with community level advocacy. This document, created with our partners at Vital Strategies, can help local advocacy efforts to help ensure dollars are spent to save lives.
Drugs at Work: What Employers Need to Know
This website provides employers with several resources offering more insight into the effects of opioid use on the workplace and how investing in care for employees can be beneficial for both workers and the company.
Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center
This federal website “provides communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others with the information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.”