Spend opioid settlement funds on evidence-based strategies and programs for addiction

For years, prescription opioids were improperly marketed to the American public, and the risk of addiction was significantly downplayed. This fueled the negligent prescribing and opioid distribution that has destroyed countless lives and shattered countless communities, all while generating significant profits for the industry.

Now, opioid makers, distributors, and pharmacies are being held to account in lawsuits across the country. When the consolidated lawsuit, called the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, is settled financially, it will be up to the state lawmakers to determine how to allocate funds. However, in the coming months, it will be our responsibility to ensure that these funds are spent wisely, and not spent filling state budget gaps for unrelated issues.

The tobacco settlement in 1998 is not a good precedent to follow. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in Fiscal Year 2020, states will collect $27.2 billion from the settlement and taxes. But they will spend just 2.7% of it – $739.7 million – on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. Instead of using these dollars to prevent nicotine addiction, the states have used it to close budget gaps and other unrelated activities like road construction. We cannot let this happen with the opioid litigation funds. 

Sign Shatterproof’s petition today to make your voice heard and demand that the opioid litigation dollars are spent according to evidence-based guiding principles.

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