MANKATO, Minnesota (KEYC) – Mankato City Council unanimously voted to participate in national opioid settlements on Monday evening.
Now the city hopes to use the money for education and prevention.
The settlements are used to take legal action against the three largest pharmaceutical distributors and a manufacturer.
Overall, the settlements total $ 26 billion, of which approximately $ 22.7 billion is earmarked for participating institutions to help mitigate the effects of the opioid crisis.
Deputy director Matt DuRose, who served on a statewide task force, said the opioid crisis was affecting not only the city but the region as well.
“At the regional level, we’re seeing an increase in youth, we are seeing an increase in overdoses, we are seeing an increase in people who don’t know what they’re taking, and it is time we really stood up as a community. ” he said.
The city now wants to put the money they get from the settlement into prevention, treatment and education.
“We really need to go further upstream and work with our treatment providers in the city. We have to work with the educators and the people who can really work on the prevention aspect. We as Public Safety and the City of Mankato can certainly play a role, but it’s really about bringing extra help and resources to the table, ”said DuRose.
The state of Minnesota has already chosen the settlements.
Susan Arntz, city manager at Mankato, said the more cities participate, the higher the settlement amount for the entire state.
“By helping increase that value across the state, it benefits all cities in the state of Minnesota,” she said.
The three distributors include McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen.
The comparisons also include manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its parent company Johnson and Johnson.
The comparisons also include exemptions from opioid marketing, sales and distribution practices.
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