Guidance for Oklahoma communities' use of opioid settlement funds

December 11, 2023

Opioids have had a widespread, decades-long impact on communities across the country. Since 1999, more than a million people in the U.S. have died from a drug overdose, the majority of which involved an opioid.

The Oklahoma Opioid Abatement Board is preparing to distribute grant funding to counties, municipalities, and school districts to address the consequences of the opioid crisis in Oklahoma. This resource, informed by Healthy Minds’ subject matter experts as well as state and national best practices, aims to guide communities in planning for the use of opioid settlement funds to effectively prevent and treat local problems created by the crisis.

In this guidance document, we include:

  • Background and data on the opioid crisis nationally and in Oklahoma
  • Guiding principles for the use of opioid settlement funding, developed by national experts
  • A framework and resources for communities to developed informed plans that maximize the local impact of opioid settlement dollars
  • Examples of evidence-based and best practices for opioid abatement that align with approved uses for the funds

Watch a recording of Healthy Minds' webinar outlining best practices as communities prepare applications for opioid settlement funding, and view the presentation slides with links to key resources.