Ohio considering fund to protect opioid settlement money


COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is floating the idea of changing the state constitution to create a fund to ensure future settlement money from government lawsuits over the opioid epidemic is used to address that problem.

A memo this week from a deputy to Republican Attorney General Dave Yost suggested that a March ballot issue establishing such a fund is the best path to making sure the money isn’t diverted to other uses, as happened after settlements with big tobacco companies.