National Opioid Settlement helps Ohio communities combat opioid epidemic


DAYTON, Ohio — In 2020, there were more than 5,000 unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio, becoming the highest year yet since 2017, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Health.

Settlement money from a national lawsuit against opioid companies is looking to help address this problem.

In 2017, Ohio became the first in the nation to sue opioid makers and drug distributors. Opioid distributors agreed to send millions of dollars to the state through a settlement.