TO GUIDE JURISDICTIONS IN THE USE OF FUNDS FROM THE OPIOID LITIGATION, WE ENCOURAGE THE ADOPTION OF FIVE GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Confronting the on-going opioid crisis, many localities have already adopted interventions that save lives. Fortunately, new financial resources that can help states and communities fund additional programs are close at hand as a result of lawsuits brought by states, cities, and counties against opioid manufacturers, pharmaceutical distributors, and pharmacies. This is an unprecedented opportunity to invest in solutions to address the needs of people with substance use disorders.
To ensure that dollars are used most effectively, the following Principles should be adopted.