The U.S. is at a crucial juncture in the opioid epidemic: overdoses are claiming more lives than ever, and the influx of funding from government sources and settled cases is imminent. This project seeks to develop strategies that ensure that incoming funding supports evidence-based, effective treatment and prevention, as well as harm reduction efforts and recovery supports.
States are anticipating up to $26 billion in proceeds from settlements and judgments against opioid manufacturers and distributors over the next eighteen years. In order for these dollars to address the overdose crisis, ongoing commitment from the federal government, as well as states and localities, is essential to support individuals, families, and communities in achieving long-term recovery and resilience.
This project launched in September 2021 with the Opioid Litigation Summit, a first-of-its-kind convening of key experts from comprehensive, divergent, and cross-cutting fields to identify strategies to maximize proceeds from these litigations. It features tools developed in collaboration with experts and advocates from government, public health law and policy, and complex litigation, including a model state law, the Model Opioid Litigation Proceeds Act, to ensure litigation proceeds are spent on addressing the opioid crisis.