COLUMBUS– Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Friday that the first fund payments to local governments from the OneOhio settlement with national opioid distributors have been made electronically.
Local governments will determine how to use the payments, totaling more than $8.6 million, to best address the opioid epidemic in their own communities. Following these initial payments, governments will continue to receive settlement payments for the next 18 years.
In 2017, as Ohio’s attorney general, DeWine was one of the first in the country to sue opioid manufacturers and drug distributors for their role in flooding the market with massive amounts of drugs. highly addictive opioids.
“Families and communities in Ohio have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic,” said DeWine. “While nothing can compensate for the losses suffered by Ohioans who have been impacted by opioids, it is good news that the first payments are being made this week to local governments.”
A complete list of payments made to eligible and participating political subdivisions is available at nationalopioidsettlement.com/states/ohio/. The list also indicates whether the payment was made directly to the entity or, if less than $500, was redirected to the county.
Questions about payments can be directed to the Attorney General’s Voter Services Section at 800-282-0515.
As a reminder, local governments must use OneOhio funds in accordance with Ohio’s approved reduction strategies listed in Schedule A of the OneOhio Memorandum of Understanding. Smaller political subdivisions whose payments have been redirected to the county are encouraged to work with their county leaders and related organizations to ensure reduction efforts in those smaller subdivisions are considered.
Additional funding to benefit all Ohio communities will also be available through the OneOhio Recovery Foundation. The OneOhio Recovery Foundation is divided into 19 regions and is designed to empower communities to take a regional approach to reducing the opioid epidemic. More information about the OneOhio Recovery Foundation can be found at RecoveryOhio.ohio.gov.