Governor Whitmer, AG Nessel Announce $800 Million for Opioid Treatment, Prevention Paid for by Big Pharma“These funds will bring millions of dollars to treat opioid use disorder, and support our neighbors, family, and friends in treatment and recovery,” said Governor Whitmer.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
On Thursday, the Michigan Senate unanimously passed bills creating a distribution structure for Michigan’s $800 million dollar share of the historic $26 billion national opioid settlement.
“There is no amount of money that can fill the void left by a loved one,” Governor Whitmer said, following the bills’ passage, “but with the investments we can make thanks to this historic settlement, we can ensure Michiganders facing substance use disorder have the support and resources they need to get better.”
“In 2019 alone, the Michigan Opioids Task Force I established found that opioid overdoses claimed the lives of 1,768 Michiganders—an average of five a day,” Whitmer added. “I am grateful to Attorney General Dana Nessel and everyone who fought hard for this settlement.”
As part of the plan, Michigan will make a wide variety of new investments to treat and prevent opioid abuse, including support for people in recovery and training programs for first responders.
Attorney General Nessel emphasized the timeliness of the new distribution plan. “Time is not on our side when it comes to Michigan’s opioid epidemic, “ she said. “I applaud our colleagues in the Senate for advancing the legislation today. The sooner we get infrastructure in place, the quicker settlement dollars can be used to help our residents and communities that continue to struggle.”