Phase one of the Cuyahoga County Opioid Crisis Mitigation Plan was announced Oct. 10 by County Executive Armond Budish and Council President Dan Brady.

Cuyahoga County filed suit in 2017 against distributors, manufacturers and four individuals deemed contributory in promoting opioids for sale and distribution in Cuyahoga County and nationally.

In an Oct. 10 Cuyahoga County news release, Budish noted the county is in the midst of an opioid epidemic due to “a handful of corporations that put their desire for profits over the health and well-being of the community.”

“Our community is suffering the consequences of this plague,” Budish said. “We are working to recover some resources necessary to pay the costs which we’ve already incurred and are likely to incur for years to come.”

Cuyahoga County and Summit County are set to proceed to a first trial against some companies responsible for the damages caused by fueling the opioid crisis.

Both counties have secured four settlements totaling $61 million. Of the settlement funding, Cuyahoga County has received about $23 million, the proceeds of which will be invested in programs focusing on prevention, treatment and recovery.

The primary recipients of phase one funds are The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, St. Vincent Charity’s Rosary Hall, MetroHealth, the Thrive ED program and the Sobriety, Treatment and Recovery Teams program.

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