On October 3, 2022, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, as part of a nationwide agreement, settled litigation against three (3) opioid distributors (McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc, and Amerisource Bergen Drug Corp.). The State’s total recovery was $518 million. The Spokane Regional Service Area will receive opioid settlement funds via the One Washington Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Under the MOU, $476 million will be shared by Washington state and its counties and cities with populations over 10,000 over the next 17 years to address the opioid epidemic. Opioid Settlement funding must be utilized for specific approved uses, as outlined in the One Washington MOU, some of these approved uses include; improving treatment of opioid use disorder, providing supports and resources for those struggling with opioid use disorder, education regarding the harms of opioid use, addressing the needs of pregnant or parenting women and their families, prevention of overprescribing, programs and education to support first responders and leadership, planning and coordination to focus on regional needs related to the opioid epidemic.
The Spokane County Regional Opioid Abatement Council (OAC) consists of professionals with work or educational experience related to one, or more of the approved uses outlined in the One Washington MOU. The Spokane Regional OAC includes representation from the following jurisdictions: Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Stevens Counties, as well as the following cities: Cheney, Liberty Lake, Spokane and Spokane Valley.
The Spokane Regional Opioid Abatement Council (OAC) is responsible for the following:
Monitoring programs and services funded with the Opioid Funds within the Spokane Regional Service Area for Approved Purposes.
Developing and maintaining a centralized public dashboard or other repository for the publication of expenditure data for expenditures of Opioid Funds by the Participating Local Governments, which shall be updated at least annually.
If necessary, require and collect additional outcome-related data to evaluate the use of Opioid Funds, and all Participating Local Governments shall comply with such requirements.
Prior to establishing these requirements, evaluation and reporting tools will be developed in partnership with Participating Local Governments, unless already stipulated by the One WA MOU.
Hearing complaints by Participating Local Governments regarding alleged failure to (1) use Opioid Funds for Approved Purposes or (2) comply with reporting requirements.
The OAC conducts regular meetings to review how each Participating Local Government is utilizing Opioid Funding, discuss successes and challenges, and address any related complaints by Participating Local Governments.
Please note: Public attendance is permitted for OAC meetings; however, participation is limited to observation without comment.