Drug prevention, treatment getting $1.5M in KY from settlement funds

Drug prevention, treatment getting $1.5M in KY from settlement funds
$1.5 million will be transferred to support the nonprofit (Source: WMC Action News 5)

KENTUCKY (KFVS) - More than $1 million will be transferred to Operation UNITE in Kentucky.

Attorney General Andy Beshear made the announcement that funds from Purdue Pharma Settlement in the amount of $1.5 million will be transferred to support the nonprofit serving southern and eastern Kentucky counties.

The funds will be used for drug prevention and treatment.

Lawmakers are to allocate the funds for public health initiatives, educational or public safety campaigns; reimbursement or the financing of health care services; or infrastructure related to addiction prevention and treatment as part of the settlement.

“Operation UNITE shares the mission of my office and of so many others to find workable solutions to the challenge of our times – Kentucky’s opioid epidemic,” Beshear said. “These settlement funds will be critical to the agency in its efforts to provide treatment and support law enforcement in the 32-county area it serves.” Copyright 2019 KFVS. All rights reserved.

The settlement was reached with the Connecticut-based opioid manufacturer in 2014 for $24 million with claims of the addictiveness of the drug OxyContin.