Finger Lakes region getting upwards of $53 million to combat opioid crisis thanks to lawsuit settlement

Tens of millions of dollars are coming to the Finger Lakes to combat the opioid epidemic. The money comes from a settlement with various manufacturers of opioids stemming from a lawsuit in March 2019.

It’s part of New York Attorney General Letitia James statewide ‘HealNY’ tour. Up to $1.5 billion is going across the whole state.

“For more than two decades, the Finger Lakes Region has been ravaged by the opioid crisis, but, today, we are finally starting to heal New York by announcing that we will be delivering up to $53 million to the area to invest in the prevention, treatment, and recovery programs,” said Attorney General James. “No amount of money will ever make up for all the addictions, all the deaths, and all the communities devastated by opioids, but these funds will be essential in helping the Finger Lakes Region turn the tide on this epidemic.”

The figures listed below represent the minimum and maximum amounts each county can receive from the settlements with Johnson & Johnson, McKesson, Cardinal Health, Amerisource Bergen, and Endo. The more localities across the state that agree to the terms of these different settlements, the more each locality is eligible to receive. The figures below do not include payments from Purdue Pharma or the Sackler family, as the regional split for those payments are still being finalized. Those funds, as well as any funds from future or ongoing litigation, would be in addition to what is listed below.

Finger Lakes Regional Share: $29,266,905.67 – $53,124,938.32

Genesee County: $614,045.87 – $1,060,280.71
Livingston County: $586,539.40 – $1,012,784.94
Monroe County: $11,143,437.26 – $19,509,989.88**
Ontario County: $1,131,905.55 – $1,954,475.53
Orleans County: $356,743.79 – $615,993.98
Seneca County: $334,269.32 – $577,187.03
Wayne County: $858,979.10 – $1,483,210.00
Wyoming County: $355,707.37 – $614,204.38
Yates County: $214,215.07 – $369,887.85


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