Opioid Settlement Funds

You can make your voice heard about where state settlement funds should be spent. 
Click here to learn more about the Statewide Opioid Settlement Survey

About Opioid Settlements

Beginning in 2014, lawsuits were issued against pharmacies and pharmaceutical drug companies for their role in fueling the opioid crisis. Local and state governments incurred significant costs due to the crisis. In 2021, over 75% of the nearly 107,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States involved opioids.

As a result of settlements reached with pharmacies and pharmaceutical drug companies, Michigan and local governments will receive payments from these entities.

The state of Michigan is slated to receive nearly $800 million from the opioid settlements over the next 18 years. Fifty percent (50%) of the settlement amount will be distributed directly to county, city, and township governments. 

Calhoun County is currently estimated to receive approximately $11M over the next two decades. 

Use of Opioid Settlement Funds

Opioid Settlement Funds must be spent on opioid remediation. Opioid remediation is defined as the care, treatment, and other programs and expenditures designed to 

  • Address the misuse and abuse of opioid products
  • Treat or mitigate opioid use or related disorders
  • Mitigate other alleged effects of, including on those injured as a result of, the opioid epidemic

For more information

Learn more about the settlement funds, restrictions on how they can be used, and current settlements by visiting the following websites:

National Resources
National Opioids Settlement (nationalopioidsettlement.com)
Principles for the Use of Funds from the Opioid Litigation | JHSPH
Opioid Solutions Center | National Association of Counties (naco.org)

State Resources
Opioid Settlements (michigan.gov)
Opioids-Settlement-Spend-Plan-Overview.pdf (michigan.gov)
2023_Opioids_Settlement_Planning_Template.pdf (michigan.gov)
Opioid Advisory Commission
Opioid Settlement Resource Center - The Michigan Association of Counties (micounties.org)
Exhibit-E-Final-Distributor-Settlement-Agreement-8-11-21.pdf (attorneygeneral.gov)

Local Resources and Data
Public Health Department
Substance Abuse Council
Data (michigan.gov)
Medical Examiner 2022 Annual ReportCCPHD Behavioral Risk Factors Report 

Calhoun County Opioid Settlement Funds
The County is undertaking a transparent and open approach to developing a spending plan for our $11 Million in opioid settlement funds, which will be received over the next 18 years.  We anticipate both internal County deployment and some appropriation of funds to community partners.

Calhoun County has engaged the assistance of the Technical Advisor for Opioid Settlement Funds Planning and Capacity Building with the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC), Amy Dolinky, to facilitate our Steering Committee’s efforts to develop our plans, to be approved by the County Board of Commissioners. Click here for the latest Steering Committee roster.

Past actions: 
Information was shared on the National Opioid Settlements and the County’s plans with the internal Countywide leadership group on Sept. 21 and with the Calhoun County Opioid Coalition on Sept. 27.

Spending Plans:
The Steering Committee will assist with the development of the County's spending plan. 
Calhoun County Opioid Spending Plan (February 2024)
Calhoun County Planning Process Document (January 2024)

Steering Committee Meetings
The Calhoun County Opioid Settlement Steering Committee will meet monthly to develop the County's strategic spending plan for the best use of these restricted funds.

Meeting Materials
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023
Meeting Agenda and Presentation
Meeting Summary Notes
YesCare and Sheriff's Office Presentation

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024
Meeting Summary Notes

Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024
Meeting Summary Notes
Semi-Annual Report from the Medical Examiner's Office— Drug-Related Fatalities
2021 Annual Report on Deaths Related to Opioids and Other Drugs
Calhoun County Data related to Michigan Opioid Settlement Funds: Community Impact Survey 2024
Presentation on Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)
2022 Medical Examiners Report for Calhoun County
Michigan Overdose Data to Action Dashboard - Calhoun County
Presentation by the Michigan Overdose Fatality Review team in Calhoun County

Article: Michigan Disbands Racial Equity Group as Tension Mounts Over Opioid Money

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) Tribal Council Chairperson Jamie Stuck has been appointed as a member of the Michigan Opioid Advisory Commission (OAC) by Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks effective January 16, 2024. Read the press release.

Make your voice heard

Statewide Opioid Settlement Survey

Given the nature of the opioid settlements and an understanding that nearly all families in Michigan have in some way or another, been impacted by substance use, mental health, and/or involvement in the criminal-legal system, the Opioid Advisory Commission (OAC) believes there is an ethical responsibility to include community voices in conversations around planning and use of state opioid settlement funds.

This survey is one way to do that.