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File #: 211799    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/1/2022 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/22/2022
Effective date:    
Title: Substitute resolution relating to settlement funds received from opioid litigation.
Sponsors: ALD. MURPHY
Indexes: DRUG ABUSE, SUITS SETTLEMENT
Number
211799
Version
SUBSTITUTE 1
Reference
161061, 190458, 190817, 191096
Sponsor
ALD. MURPHY
Title
Substitute resolution relating to settlement funds received from opioid litigation.
Analysis
This resolution directs that settlement funds received from all settling defendants in the settlement of opioid litigation be used to fund the Milwaukee Overdose Response Initiative and other harm-reduction strategies.
Body
Whereas, On January 18, 2017, the Common Council adopted Resolution File Number 161061, creating a City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force; and

Whereas, On July 30, 2019, the Common Council adopted Resolution File Number 190458, authorizing the City Attorney to retain outside counsel and to investigate possible solutions to the opioid epidemic, including litigation; and

Whereas, Thousands of governmental entities throughout the United States have filed lawsuits alleging, among other things, that pharmaceutical companies and distributors engaged in fraudulent and deceptive trade practices in violation of regulatory and common law in marketing prescription opioids; and

Whereas, In 2019, in response to the overdose crisis, the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) partnered with the Milwaukee Health Department and several community organizations, including the Medical College of Wisconsin, to form the Milwaukee Overdose Response Initiative (MORI); and

Whereas, MORI uses opioid-related overdose data from MFD to initiate a rapid response by a trained community paramedic and peer support specialist to engage a client in treatment and recovery services following an overdose; and

Whereas, This initiative is a community-wide collaboration that consists of partners from treatment and recovery organizations, insurance companies, academic institutions, hospitals, health departments, and many others; and

Whereas, On October 15, 2019, the Common Council adopted Resolution File Number 190817, approving the selection of outside counsel in reg...

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