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The Coalition of endorsing organizations is working in partnership to provide updates of what is happening with the litigation, related legislation, and state and local implementation strategies.

October 20, 2022

New data points show how the opioid epidemic has shifted during the COVID-19 years, and give state and local jurisdictions new direction in how to spend the money that they’ll be receiving as part of the opioid litigation.

October 17, 2022

Principle 4 urges states and local governments to address racial equity. But how can they actually do this? We explore one state’s pledge to address the racial disparities in their communities.

October 6, 2022

As the litigation dollars are dispersed, one community-based organization in Maine tells us about their hopes for investment in their area.

September 29, 2022

Substance use experts assessed 14 policies that could help people start and remain in evidence-based treatment programs. Two of these policies were identified as effective, highly implementable, and equitable. Other policies were identified as potentially counterproductive. States should assess these policies and make changes as needed.

September 15, 2022

Rhode Island’s Advisory Committee has moved quickly to get an initial round of projects funded with dollars from the opioid litigation. We spoke with one of the experts on the committee to understand their process, how they’re working with municipalities, and what suggestions they have for other states.

September 9, 2022

Minnesota set up a Council in 2019 to start distributing money to mitigate the opioid epidemic, giving the state a head start on other states. Legislator Dave Baker, who chairs the Council, explains their lessons learned and what they’re hoping to accomplish in the coming years.

August 30, 2022

How will we know if settlement spending decisions are effective in saving lives and promoting health and wellness for people who use drugs? Data can help paint the picture! Find out more about how to plan now to use data to promote transparency for years to come.

August 25, 2022

As part of the Principles, state and local governments are encouraged to focus on racial equity. But what does this mean and how can they do it? We break down the barriers of health inequity related to the overdose crisis and offer some considerations to address these issues.