Minnesota was part of the multi-state lawsuit against an opioid manufacturer and three distributors. This lawsuit was settled for $26 billion. This money will be divided between states, counties and cities through 2040.
The Office of Minnesota's Attorney explains how the settlement works and why it matters.
What are opioids?
Opioids include the illegal drug heroin, fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription. Misuse of the drug leads to addiction.
Money for counties and cities
Dakota County and cities within the county will receive some of the $26 billion. Below are the amounts each are estimated to receive:
- Dakota County: $9,814,545.38
- Apple Valley: $663,999.35
- Burnsville: $1,140,115.28
- Eagan: $812,111.60
- Inver Grove Heights: $486,962.71
- Lakeville: $626,575.18
A full list of estimated funds to counties and cities can be found on the Attorney General's website.
Local opioid data
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) maintains opioid overdose statistics. The website has county profiles, including Dakota County, to better understand the opioid epidemic locally.
Dakota County Public Health recapped the situation and proposed next steps.
Public community meetings
Community Input Survey - National Opioid Settlement Funds
For additional information, visit the settlement's website.
For information on MDH's opioid overdose prevention work, visit the MDH website.