What are Opioid Settlement Funds?

North Carolina was part of a $26 billion dollar agreement providing funds to counties targeted by pharmaceutical companies marketing prescription opioids, which caused wide-spread opioid use disorders, overdoses, and deaths impacting communities statewide. In holding corporations accountable for their role in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic, millions of dollars has been awarded to North Carolina communities to support treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and other life-saving programs and services. 

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1. What are Opioid Settlement Funds?
2. How much was North Carolina awarded and what portion will Onslow County receive?
3. Are any of the funds going to be going to local groups already existing in Onslow County?
4. Where does the data come from regarding opioid related incidents like overdoses, deaths, Narcan administrations and how do we ensure accuracy?
5. What are the plans for long term recovery facilities in Onslow County?
6. Who will help manage and direct the settlement funds toward services?
7. What mental health services will the Onslow County Health Department offer?
8. How can we encourage others to treat people with opioid use disorder with more compassion?
9. Is it possible for community groups such as sororities or churches to get involved with the task force?
10. Is training available for community groups to help address the opioid crisis?
11. How are people, especially women with children, in recovery being tracked long term to ensure their recovery is successful?
12. Are there mental health resources available for children whose parents are experiencing opioid use disorder?
13. Is legal assistance available for people in recovery to help with expungement for opioid related criminal records which would assist people with getting their life back on track?
14. Are there employment resources to help people in recovery be successful?
15. What youth prevention programs are available?