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San Diego County Planning How to Spend $100 Million Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlement



County elected leaders and behavioral and public health experts Friday set the dates for three future planning sessions to determine how to use expected opioid settlement funds from Purdue Pharma to address opioid use in the county.

While the county has not received any settlement as of yet, county leadership is expecting “upwards of $100 million” as early as this year. San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Joel Anderson intend to lead the three planning sessions — scheduled for Aug. 10 and Sept. 6 and 7.

These meetings will feature people “who interact with those who live with addiction, such as emergency room doctors, harm reduction advocates and individuals with lived experience,” a statement from Fletcher’s office read.

On Oct. 4, an additional hearing on the findings from these meetings will be held and later that same month, Fletcher and Anderson will present a plan to the Board of Supervisors for how to spend the money.

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