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Payback: Tracking the Opioid Settlement Cash


Tracking the Opioid Settlement Cash

Opioid manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are paying more than $54 billion in restitution to settle lawsuits about their role in the overdose epidemic, with little oversight on how the money is spent. We’re tracking how state and local governments use — or misuse — the cash.

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Map of Opioid Settlement Cash


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Localize The Data

If you are a journalist who wants to investigate opioid settlement transparency data for your area, here’s how you can do that.

Curious to See How Much Opioid Settlement Cash Your Locality Received?

Share Your Settlement Story

Do you have concerns about how your state or locality is using the opioid settlement funds? Are they doing something effective that other places should replicate? Tell us here.

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KFF Health News senior correspondent Aneri Pattani appeared on WAMU and NPR’s “1A” on May 1 to discuss opioid settlement money and what people need to know to hold their governments accountable. She was joined by three people featured in her previous reporting: Jackie Lewis, a mother and grandmother personally affected by the opioid epidemic; Christine Minhee, founder of; and Cara Poland, an addiction medicine doctor and chair of Michigan’s Opioid Advisory Commission.

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