A bill defining more overdose outreach providers in an effort to fight the nationwide opioid crisis passed in the Senate, and was favorably recommended by the House Health and Human Services Committee on Monday. Senate Bill 130, sponsored by Sen. Jen Plumb (D-Salt Lake County), would amend previous legislation passed in 2016. The original legislation … Read more

Behavioral healthcare and policy experts discussed initiatives opioid settlement dollars will support at the 2023 Tennessee State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month. Tennessee will receive a share of national settlement funds after CVS, Walgreens, and two drug manufacturers agreed to settle in lawsuits that claim the companies contributed to the US opioid crisis. … Read more

Gov. Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis announced plans for $205.7 million from the Opioid Settlement Agreement on Feb. 17th. The funds will focus on implementing strategies and expanding programs in Florida communities with evidence-based practices, including the CORE Network.  “We want to stop illicit drugs from entering our state, hold dealers accountable, educate … Read more

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today [Sept. 15th] the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has awarded $6 million in grant funding to eleven organizations across the state to combat the opioid crisis. The funding will be used to support opioid abuse and underlying mental health-related issues for more than 21,000 children, pregnant women and mothers, … Read more

Austin City Council members unanimously passed a resolution declaring drug overdoses a public health crisis on Thursday.     The measure allows for increased support services necessary to address the rising number of deaths from opioids. Travis County witnessed 308 people die from preventable overdoses in 2021, a 237% increase from the previous year. Of … Read more

Oregon health officials are planning for the disbursement of more than $300 million in settlement funds that will be used to fight the state’s opioid crisis.     Dr. Laura Chisholm is the Section Manager of Injury and Violence Prevention at the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Center for Prevention and Health Promotion. She is working … Read more

Attorney General Paxton successfully secured $1.167 billion for Texas out of the $26 billion opioid agreement with the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen. This is the fifth statewide opioid settlement that Attorney General Paxton has finalized for Texas. With the addition of this distributor settlement, General Paxton has secured for … Read more