Bedford County Opioid Settlement Board held its first meeting Monday and was complimented at the outset by a state consultant for its organization.
Large pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies will lose millions in the national opioid abuse lawsuit. Bedford County comes out a winner by receiving a portion of the settlement funds, which will be distributed to local groups in need.
As part of this national lawsuit, Bedford County should be will be receiving funds, along with other counties, over the next 18 years. Part of the settlement requirements is that a local board will be appointed to oversee the distribution of funds.
The local Opioid Settlement Board held its first meeting on Monday. Fredia Lusk, executive director of the local Community Clinic, is chair.
Board members also in attendance Monday were: educator Mark Potts, Commissioner Janice Brothers and Yesenia Garcia, UT family and community services and local health council. Advising the board will be Trevor Henderson, a UT substance use response consultant, who complimented the board for its organization.
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