Principles for the Use of Funds From the Opioid Litigation

The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University recently released a three-part report about the multi-district opioid litigation that has been making its way through the court system for many years.

Click here to read Part 1 of the report, “Principles for the Use of Funds from the Opioid Litigation,” which focuses on a series of principles governing the use of the settlement funds: (1) spending money to save lives; (2) using evidence to guide spending; (3) investing in youth prevention; (4) focusing on racial equity; and (5) developing a fair and transparent process for deciding where to spend the funding.

Click here to read Part 2 of the report, “Breaking Down the Proposed Multi-District Settlement Litigation,” which assesses how the multi-district litigation agreement reached with the distributors and Johnson & Johnson addresses–or leaves out–key elements of these nationally
recognized principles for the use of funds from the agreement.

Click here to read Part 3 of the report, “Ten Indicators to Assess the Readiness of State and Local Governments to Receive the Opioid Settlement Funds,” which outlines steps state and local officials should begin taking to prepare for the influx of these dollars and ensure that they are used to save the most lives.