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Tompkins County gets $191K for opioid prevention, treatment programs

Tompkins County will receive two payments totaling almost $200,000 for opioid prevention and recovery programs from the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).

The county is set to receive the two payments totaling $191,765 by the end of March, according to Ithaca Voice. The payments are part of settlements from a lawsuit resolved in late 2021.

Roughly $110,000 of the payments will reoccur annually for the next 18 years. The rest of the payment is a $82,000 one-time lump sum through Endo Health Solutions.

Tompkins County Administrator Lisa Holmes said she is still waiting on fund use guidelines from NYSAC to be finalized. Currently, it is known that half the money must be used for opioid prevention and treatment programs, while the other half can be spent at county’s discretion.