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With a state-approved plan in hand, Weld County is ready for pending opioid settlement funds

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In August 2021, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser’s office announced settlements with major opioid drug makers and sellers.

Defendants in that initial settlement included Johnson & Johnson and Cardinal Health.

These companies and others have been ordered to tighten their distribution policies and pay damages to the state totaling an estimated $520 million so far.

Weld County is poised to receive about $1.2 million in the coming weeks, and the Colorado Opioid Abatement Council has approved its plans for using the funds.

Joining us to talk about that is Eric Aakko.

He’s a Director with the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment and is also the chair of the Weld County Regional Opioid Council.

Tune into our interview to hear more.

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