Polk County gets $610K as part of national opioid settlement
Polk County will get roughly $610,000 through a national opioid settlement, according to a memo last week from county administrator John Norris.
Why it matters: The money will be allocated to addiction treatment and prevention.
- There were 258 opioid deaths in Iowa last year, up more than 60% since 2018.
State of play: Polk's share is part of a $26 billion national settlement announced last year with three of the nation's largest pharmaceutical distributors.
- Separately, another $4.25 billion settlement with opioid maker Teva was announced this week and will result in additional money to state and local governments.
What's next: County officials are reviewing settlement requirements and seeking input about how to spend it, Norris told Axios.
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