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Spokane County Opioid Abatement Council (OAC)

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.

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