Deciding How to Spend Billions in Opioid Settlement Payments


Hello and welcome back to the Route Fifty Public Finance Update! I’m Liz Farmer and this week, I’m looking at what’s in store for the billions of dollars in opioid litigation funds. 

Money from the national opioid lawsuit has started flowing to governments and more cases continue to be settled or litigated. The cases have typically contained some guardrails for how that money is spent. Even so, there is a great deal of activity and advice being given from interest groups so that governments don’t repeat what happened with the tobacco settlement funds in the 1990s and 2000s, where very little of the money went toward public health.