Released: October 5, 2023
Delaware County Council will hold a Town Hall on October 19 in coordination with the Delaware County Immigrant Affairs Commission and the Delaware County Black Caucus, 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, October 19, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the One Center in Upper Darby.
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.
Details on the Town Hall:
Thursday, October 19, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
The Town Hall will be held at the One Center in the Upper Darby Township Building, located at 100 Garrett Road, Upper Darby, PA. Parking will be available across the street. Registration is not required.
The County has held prior Opioid Settlement Town Halls in June at Delaware County Community College and in September at Widener University.