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Minnesota county, city associations agree to opioid settlement that could net state $300M

Under terms of massive multistate deal, local governments must also sign on to maximize money allocated to state


December 7, 2021

Keith Srakocic, Associated Press file

Minnesota could receive more than $300 million as part of a multi-state settlement with four drug makers.

Groups representing Minnesota counties and local governments have struck a deal to divide up the state's portion of a massive opioids settlement, an agreement that would send tens of millions of dollars to communities ravaged by overdoses of the powerful narcotics.

This is the latest - but not last - step toward Minnesota receiving more than $300 million to respond to the state's opioid crisis. The money could be used for addiction recovery programs, law enforcement, child protection, treatment, intervention, education and other expenses associated with an epidemic that has cost the state thousands of lives and millions of dollars in the past two decades.

"We have to talk about finances, we have to talk about the dollars but when all of it sifts out, it's about improving lives," said Gov. Tim Walz during the Association of Minnesota Counties' annual conference on Monday, when he announced the agreement.


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