SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – Spokane County has released a new survey to collect public feedback on the use of opioid settlement funds.
In October 2022, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, as part of a nationwide agreement, settled litigation against three opioid distributors. The State’s total recovery was $518 million. Spokane County 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.
“This survey is a critical part in helping us plan and develop how these funds will be used. If you or someone you know has been impacted by opioid use disorder, we need to hear from you,” said Mary Kuney, Chair of the Spokane County Board of County Commissioners.
Opioid Settlement funding must be utilized for specific approved uses, such as improving treatment of opioid use disorder, providing supports and resources for those struggling with opioid use disorder, prevention of overprescribing and more.
A survey is available now through Dec. 1st, 2023, to share suggestions, ideas and concerns with Spokane County Leadership to support decision making on the use of Opioid Settlement Funding in Spokane County.
To take the survey and give feedback, visit: www.spokanecounty.org/Opioid-Settlement-Survey.