White House Convenes State, Local and Tribal Leaders to Discuss Use of Opioid Settlement Funds
Recently, ONDCP Acting Director Regina LaBelle hosted more than 300 State, local, and Tribal leaders from all 50 States, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands for a virtual convening entitled “Opioid Litigation Settlement: Using Evidence to Lead Action.” At the convening, government officials, researchers, and experts discussed how State, local, and Tribal governments can use evidence and data to guide decisions about how funds from the opioid litigation can be spent to address addiction and the overdose epidemic, while advancing equity. These leaders across the country will soon make significant decisions about how to spend opioid litigation settlement funds.
During the convening, Acting Director LaBelle emphasized the importance of expanding access to evidence-based treatment, harm reduction services, collecting and relying on data and research to measure community needs and drive actions, and addressing inequity and stigma in our Nation’s approach to drug policy. Read more