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Recently, pharmacies and opioid manufacturers have settled state lawsuits. They are paying funds to towns to address the harms of the opioid crisis.

Massachusetts Municipal Opioid Abatement Conference Materials

The March 19-20, 2024  conference was created to connect municipalities to the resources and tools needed to uphold the requirements of the State Subdivision Agreement. Panelists included people from across the Commonwealth with expertise in opioid prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery. Also guidance on spending the funds from the Dept. of Revenue and Department of Public Health.

All the slides and video recordings can be found at the CARE Massachusetts web page for the conference.   You can also visit the Care Massachusetts website to learn more about the services available to municipalities in spending the funds in accordance with the State Subdivision Agreement.

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New Guidance on Settlement Funds in Town Budgets & Sharing them regionally

Information from the Attorney General’s Office

Reporting

All municipalities are encouraged to report annually on their expenditures, and these reports will be available to the public on a map.  ONLY municipalities receiving more than $35,000 in a year are required to submit reports. Note that there are organizations that will contact you to ask for a report that may not seem voluntary, but is. These are groups interested in how the funds are being spent, they are not monitoring on behalf of an official entity.  MA reporting form for those who receive $35K or more each year.

Ideas and related materials for spending opioid settlement funds appropriately in Franklin County

Background Materials on Opioid Use Disorder

Local Opioid Use Data

How to set up a stabilization account or appropriate funds

 (NOTE that as of 12/23, a stabilization account is no longer required. These materials are here in case your town decides to use one anyway).

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Phoebe Walker

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Director of Community Health

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Maureen O’Reilly

Health Educator/ Epidemiologist

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