Illinois is set to receive as much as 760 million dollars to fight the opioid epidemic. The money will come over the next 18 years, the product of lawsuit settlements with pharmaceutical distributors and manufacturers. Governor JB Pritzker is signing an executive order to ensure the funds go towards the state’s efforts battling opioid abuse.
“This executive order establishes an office of opioid settlement administration and cements a framework for making the best use of these new resources.”
The money will be used for prevention, intervention and treatment. Deaths from opiate related overdoses continue to rise in Illinois.
***Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services***