Indiana will be receiving $19 million from the National Opioid Settlement. The payment that shall be received will be distributed to different local governments for the treatment of Opioid-related sickness.

A pile of pills lies on a table on Jan. 23, 2020, in Willkie Quad. In 2023, Indiana received $19 million in opioid settlement funds. (Source: Indiana Daily Student)

$19 Million to be Distributed to 30 Locals

In the news released by the Indiana Daily Student, the Social Services and Indiana Family announced last week that India will be receiving a partial payment from the National Opioid Settlement amounting to $19 million. These funds will go to 30 local governments as a budgetary source for the treatment, therapy, support prevention, and other recovery services initiated by the local governments.

The recent allocation serves as the second installment from the settlement. The first installment was received in the previous year 2022. Indiana will be receiving a total of $507 million from the settlement for the next 18 years. This will be a great aid as a source of funds for treating and preventing opioid users. Indiana has recorded 2,206 opioid-related deaths as of 2021. This figure could somehow push the urgency of the treatment and prevention.

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National Opioid Settlement Figures to Pay

Teva has to pay $3.34 billion in 13 years; Allergan has to pay up to $2.2 billion over 7 years; CVS has to pay $4.90 billion over 10 years; and Walmart has to pay $2.74 billion in 6 years according to National Opioid Settlement.

The statement released by Jay Chaudhary, director of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Division of Mental Health and Addiction, too many in Indiana are experiencing mental health crisis that ends up in jail and the emergency department. The funds can greatly help in the treatment and/or therapy that the individual experiencing a mental crisis. It is a help for individuals, for the community as well as to the government.

According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioid is hardly treated during its imprisonment, the treatment should continue even after the inmate have been released. Indiana State is investing in the “No Wrong Door” approach to strengthen the treatment and prevention of drug abuse resulting in mental health crises.

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