Newsweek  |  October 22, 2019

That’s largely because state legislatures decided how the funds would be spent without restrictions, according to Regina LaBelle, chief of staff in the Office of National Drug Control Policy during President Barack Obama’s administration.

In this case, if opioid settlement cash comes with some parameters for how it’s administered and spent, at least the public could monitor the government’s outcomes, according to LaBelle.

“It’s not just about a lump-sum payment,” LaBelle said in an interview with Newsweek. “It’s about where this money is going.”

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