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Auburn City Council considers using opioid settlement funds for local recovery agencies

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The Auburn City Council is set to decide on the distribution of $87,000 in opioid settlement funds to two local recovery organizations at its upcoming Thursday session.

The Citizen reports that if approved, addiction recovery nonprofit Nick’s Ride 4 Friends and counseling group Confidential Help for Alcohol and Drugs, both based in Auburn, will each receive half of the total amount.

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According to a background memo, the ongoing opioid and heroin crisis remains a significant health challenge for central New York, notably affecting thousands in Auburn and Cayuga County.

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports has recommended that such settlements should benefit local entities addressing substance abuse-related issues.