In July 2021, a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general announced the National Opioid Settlement – a historic $26 billion agreement that will help bring desperately needed help to communities harmed by the opioid epidemic. The state of North Carolina and all 100 counties, including Wake County, joined the agreement.
On Sept. 6, 2022, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the Wake County Opioid Settlement Fund, which will put $4.85 million toward four key initiatives through June 2024. It’s the initial phase of a plan that will invest a total of $36.1 million into fighting the opioid epidemic over the next 18 years.
Next Steps: A Focus on Youth
Wake County and the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, to discuss how National Opioid Settlement funding can be used to help youth in our community. Speakers will include North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Sig Hutchinson.
This meeting will continue the conversation on how the county can best use its funds to tackle the crisis and focus on the opportunities available to protect and support our youth.
On Tuesday, Aug. 2, Wake County hosted a community meeting at the Wake County Commons Building and online to receive community input on the use of these funds. Video of the meeting is below.
Wake County Opioid Settlement Funding Plan
More than 250 people participated in the three-hour meeting on Aug. 2. Following the meeting, an online survey was opened to the public until close of business on Aug. 5. Respondents were asked to prioritize eligible strategies.
A planning team, led by the Wake County Manager’s Office staff with assistance from knowledgeable stakeholders, developed a draft plan that reflects this public input. It was presented to the county's Health and Human Services Committee on Aug. 22.
On Sept. 6, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the Wake County Opioid Settlement Funding Plan.
Community Meeting Materials
These social media graphics and flyer were used to help promote the meeting.