Opioid Settlement Fund Committee

Counties are on the frontline of the opioid epidemic, providing public services that save lives and support recovery. Out of the hundreds of lawsuits between governments and opioid manufacturers, distributors and retailers, two have reached settlements with a nationwide impact: the $26 billion settlement with Johnson & Johnson, McKesson, AmeriSource Bergen and Cardinal Health and the $6 billion settlement with Purdue Pharma. Both of these settlements require that the majority of settlement funds go towards future opioid abatement and provide an extensive list of approved uses in a document referred to as Exhibit E. The Opioid Settlement Fund Committee seeks to establish programs to address these issues.

The purpose of the Lackawanna County Opioid Fund Settlement Committee, whose goal is to ensure that Lackawanna County is planful in the spending of the Opioid Settlement dollars over the next 18 years or as long as the County receives the money. Lackawanna County is set to receive approximately $9.7 million dollars over the next 18 years. This money will be used to expand substance use disorder services for residents in the county. The anticipated receivables are as follows:

  • 2022:  $1,169,164.92
  • 2023:  $579,339.31
  • 2024:  $725,402.74
  • 2025:  $750,628.54
  • 2026:  $423,101.51
  • 2027:  $534,692.30
  • 2028:  $616,330.73
  • 2029:  $635,768.45
  • 2030:  $635,768.45
  • 2031:  $548,867.92
  • 2032:  $458,275.34
  • 2033:  $458,275.34
  • 2034:  $458,275.34
  • 2035:  $458,275.34
  • 2036:  $458,275.34
  • 2037:  $458,275.34
  • 2038:  $458,275.34


Board Members

The Opioid Settlement Fund Committee shall be comprised of eleven (11) members, who shall be appointed by the Board of Commissioners of Lackawanna County.  The initial members of the Opioid Settlement Fund Committee shall consist of three (3) County Commissioners, or their designees, one of which shall serve as chair of the Board; the President Judge or their designee; the Director of Drug and Alcohol; the Director of Health and Human Services; the District Attorney or their designee; the Chief Public Defender or their designee; a Recovery Advocate; the Chief Financial Officer, and the Lackawanna County Chief Solicitor.

  • Bill Gaughan, County Commissioner 
  • Matt McGloin, County Commissioner 
  • Chris Chermak, County Commissioner 
  • The Honorable Trish Corbett, President Judge
  • Mark Powell, District Attorney
  • Larry Moran, Chief Public Defender
  • Barb Durkin, Director of Drug & Alcohol/Interim Director of Health & Human Services
  • David Bulzoni, Chief Financial Officer
  • Donald Frederickson, Chief County Solicitor

Meetings

Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room, 5th Floor, 123 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18505. The public is invited to attend. The schedule for the remainder of 2024 is as follows:

  • July 9, 2024 (Cancelled due to scheduling conflict)
  • August 13, 2024
  • September 10, 2024
  • October 8, 2024
  • November 12, 2024
  • December 10, 2024
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