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Oelkers said. “We want to ….

Oelkers said. “We want to spend it on towns, or otherwise it goes back to the state.”

County attorney Frank Piocos provided information regarding the Janssen settlement’s second amendment.

The national opioid settlement calls for distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen to pay up to $21 billion over 18 years and parent company Janssen to pay up to $5 billion over no more than nine years for a total of $26 billion.

Of the settlement amount, approximately $22.7 billion is earmarked for use by participating states and subdivisions “to remediate and abate the impacts of the opioid crisis.” Piocos says about 15 percent of the funds will go to local governments.

It’s estimated that Roosevelt County will receive $66,000.

“With the problem we have with opioids in the area, it’s not a whole lot of money,” Oelkers said. Commissioners agreed by a 2-0 margin to agree with the settlement.

Commissioners approved receiving $45,369 from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for the county’s alcohol and drug abuse fund.

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