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Funds available to fight opioid epidemic

The Bottom Line: by John Hughes

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Attorney General Daniel Cameron launched the online portal for the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission (OACC) to distribute funds from the settlement reached in 2022, with opioid companies. The group encourages potential applicants to start the process as early as possible. The OAAC’s will disburse settlement dollars to eligible organizations and individuals working to combat the opioid epidemic.

The OAAC was authorized in 2021 with the passage of House Bill 427, which passed the General Assembly unanimously. Last session, Chamber Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing Jacqueline Pitts met with AG Cameron and discussed the matter.

“An important part of our work in combatting the opioid epidemic involves administering the Commonwealth’s portion of the $478 million in opioid settlement funds,” said Attorney General Cameron. “These funds will be used, in part, to support organizations that develop and implement programs to combat the opioid crisis in Kentucky. We appreciate the dedication of those who stand on the front lines in this fight and invite organizations to apply for funding so that, together, we can lend hope and help to those struggling with opioid use disorder.”

The OAAC director Bryan Hubbard said, “The Commission is committed to administering the Commonwealth’s portion of the opioid settlement funds with honesty, transparency, and accountability.”

Substance use disorder is one of the many drivers of Kentucky’s low workforce participation. The Kentucky Chamber highlighted the impact of substance use disorder in Kentucky’s troubling workforce participation trends in a publication, 20 Years in The Making: Kentucky’s Workforce Crisis.

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