Released: August 30, 2023
Delaware County will hold a Town Hall on September 21 to discuss strategies to best utilize funding that the County will receive in a multi-state opioid settlement. The Town Hall will be held on Thursday, September 21, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Widener University.
The County will receive funds as part of a $26 billion multi-state opioid settlement with Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson. Delaware County will receive $63 million in 18 annual payments. The funding will be used to tackle the devastating opioid epidemic affecting Delaware County residents, their loved ones, and the community.
To ensure that settlement funds are used to aggressively combat the opioid crisis by funding high-performing health and service-focused organizations experienced with evidence-based treatments of opioid-affected populations, Delaware County formed an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary Task Force last fall to provide recommendations to County Council for short-term remedies, immediate uses, and long-term programming.
The County is also hosting Town Halls to engage community members around the opioid settlement funds. It is critical that Delaware County move quickly to put the new funding into use, because every day is another day that someone struggles with addiction and its devastating impact on their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and the community.
The County held its first Opioid Settlement Town Hall in June at Delaware County Community College. Future Opioid Settlement Town Halls are also being scheduled to be held at locations across the county.
Detail on the Town Hall:
Thursday, September 21, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The Town Hall will be held at Widener University’s Freedom Hall 122, located at 1 University Place, Chester, PA. Freedom Hall is located next to the Academic Center, north of Memorial Field. Ample parking will be available in the CAN/Library Lot and the Kirkbride Lot. Registration is not required.