New nonprofit will decide how to spend hundreds of millions of Ohio’s opioid settlement money

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Members of the OneOhio Recovery Foundation Board listen as Gov. Mike DeWine (upper left) speaks. The 29-member board, which will decide how to spend more than $440 million in opioid settlement money, held its first meeting in Columbus on Monday, with some members participating remotely. (Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The decision of how Ohio will spend hundreds of millions of dollars – and maybe more – in opioid settlement money will be up to a new non-profit, whose board met for the first time on Monday.

The 29-member OneOhio Recovery Foundation Board consists of state representatives, local government leaders (including Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish), addiction treatment experts, and others from around the state. Under an agreement between state and local officials made in 2020, the new foundation will decide how to distribute more than $440 million (or 55%) of an $808 million settlement reached last year with the nation’s three largest pharmaceutical distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson.

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