While litigation continues against the opioid manufacturers and retailers, state and local governments around the country will soon begin receiving settlement proceeds from the opioid distributors and Johnson & Johnson as part of a nationwide global settlement.
The Wisconsin Counties Association, along with WCA General Counsel Attolles Law, s.c., is working diligently alongside counties to identify opportunities for collaboration and how local governments can work together to maximize abatement efforts.
As we are aware, the opioid epidemic has hit the nation hard. Wisconsin’s counties face this epidemic daily on many fronts, including child welfare services, county jails, public health departments, and social/human services departments. Many counties are addressing the opioid epidemic head on and are implementing programs at the local level to address the needs of those struggling with addiction.
As counties often do, we are workimg together to create innovative programming and services that will best utilize settlement dollars in abating the opioid epidemic in communities throughout the state.