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How Will Ohio Allocate Its Opioid Settlement Dollars?

Associated Press

A huge opioid trial is scheduled in Cleveland in October, and when it happens some leaders in Ohio want to make sure that we learn from past mistakes. 

Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner Tim Ingram points to the tobacco settlements of the 1990s, in which funds were divided among states for smoking prevention efforts. Ohio's foundation shut down after 10 years.

Now Ingram is calling for a system of regional foundations to receive and manage the settlement funds. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has said consolidating all of the pending county opioid cases into one sum for the state would be a mistake and unfair to local government partners. Ingram further says it's imperative that funds reach those who most need them.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the how these settlement funds could be allocated are Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner Tim Ingram; and Cincinnati Enquirer heroin reporter Terry DeMio (@tdemio).

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