Wisconsin DHS, DOJ announce opioid settlement plan

(WKBT)- Following Wisconsin’s first opioid settlement payment, the state’s Department of Health Services and Department of Justice are partnering on a proposal to use those funds strategically.

The plans include harm reduction, capital projects, funding for tribal nations, and treatment and recovery.

Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic began in the late 1990s. The state has seen a 900 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths between 1999 and 2018.

“The longer we delay, the more we put at risk those who would benefit from these life saving investments,” said Karen Timberlake, DHS secretary-designee.

The state received $6 million from the settlement last week. Over $400 million will be made out to the state from the settlement for years to come.