AG announces members of opioid settlement commission

KENTUCKY — Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Monday announced the makeup of the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission, which will help administer Kentucky’s historic $483 million settlement with opioid companies.

What You Need To Know

  • Daniel Cameron announced the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission
  • It’s comprised of nine voting and two non-voting members
  • The commission will help administer Kentucky’s portion of the nationwide $26 billion opioid settlement

The eleven-member bipartisan commission was established through the passage of House Bill 427 in the last legislative session.

“We are on the cusp of providing communities across the Commonwealth with the resources they need to address the opioid epidemic and its effects,” Cameron said in a press release. “The Commission is an important part of this process and will ensure that the funds are put toward—among other things—treatment, recovery, housing, transportation, education and wrap-around services.”

The Commission includes nine voting and two non-voting members. Included are stakeholders from the prevention and treatment community, law enforcement officials and victims of the opioid crisis. Here’s a look at who’s serving on the commission:

  • Allison Ball, State Treasurer
  • Danny Bentley, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Vic Brown, representing law enforcement
  • Karen Butcher, representing citizens at large
  • Eric Friedlander, representing the Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Bryan Hubbard, representing the Attorney General
  • Van Ingram, representing the drug treatment and prevention community
  • Karen Kelly, appointed by the President of the Senate
  • Von Purdy, representing citizens at-large
  • dr Jason Roop, representing victims of the opioid crisis
  • dr Sharon Walsh, representing the HEALing Communities Study Team at the University of Kentucky

The Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission will hold its first meeting within days, Cameron said.

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