Opioid Settlement Funding

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Washington County is committed to an opioid settlement funding approach that:

  • Embraces a philosophy of harm reduction.
  • Takes action on racial and health equity.
  • Focuses on the needs of Washington County communities.
  • Is grounded in evidence.

Background Information About Opioids

  1. What are Opioids?

Opioids are a category of drugs that includes fentanyl, heroin, and prescription drugs like oxycodone.

Opioids can be used for medical purposes, most commonly to treat pain. Some people also use opioids for non-medical reasons because they can cause a pleasurable, relaxing effect.

Opioids can be dangerous when used without medical supervision, particularly due to the risk of fatal overdose. An opioid overdose can happen when someone uses too large of an amount, causing their breathing to slow or stop. Some opioids, like fentanyl, are very concentrated, making it easy to accidentally use too much which might lead to a deadly overdose. 

A person who uses opioids can also develop an Opioid Use Disorder, also known as opioid addiction, which is a long-term health condition that can have a serious impact on a person’s life.

  1. What is the Opioid Crisis?
  1. What is the Opioid Settlement Funding?
  1. More Information

Washington County's Plan

  1. Community Input Survey

Washington County is conducting a survey to gather input from community members and relevant professionals1 in the county2 to inform local planning for the opioid settlement funds. We especially want to hear from:

  • People with lived experience related to the overdose crisis.
    Examples: people who use drugs3, people with substance use disorders, people in recovery.
  • Communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the opioid crisis.
    Examples: communities of color, indigenous communities, LGBTQIA+ communities.

Help us by completing the survey and sharing it with others.

Click on the button to Take the Community Input Survey.  Opens in new window

Survey in other languages and formats

Want to give input but don’t want to take a survey? Share your comments or ideas on this shorter version as an alternative to the full survey.

  1. Relevant sectors include Addiction Medicine, Board of Commissioners, Corrections, Education, Emergency Medical Services, Human Services, Law Enforcement, Legal professional, Local Municipality (city or township), Primary Care, Public Health, Recovery, Treatment, Veteran Services, and others
  2. Only community members and professionals with a relationship to Washington County should complete this survey. This may include living, working, receiving services, or delivering services in Washington County.
  3. The language we use when talking about substance use is important. It can either combat or reinforce the significant stigma people face related to using substances. In this context, we are using the term “people who use drugs” to promote a harm reduction philosophy and to be inclusive of people in a variety of situations related to substance use. The best language to use will depend on the individual and the context. It’s generally best to use descriptive language like “person who uses drugs” or “person with a substance use disorder” and avoid negative, stigmatizing terms like “addict” or “abuser.”
  1. Planning Timeline