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Opioid settlement money likely coming to Colorado, Pueblo could receive big chunk

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 18:28:20-05

PUEBLO COUNTY — Big pharmacy companies could pay big bucks to the state of Colorado in 2021.

The state Attorney General's Office is in the process of settling with pharmaceutical companies like Perdue.

The state AG says the companies have contributed to the opioid epidemic in Colorado.

Depending on the cooperation of local governments, the state could receive between $200 and $400 million over the next 18 years.

Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Otiz said Pueblo County could receive $800,000 per year over that time span.

"People need to understand that this affects everyone and it is going to require a really comprehensive approach to address, to ensure that we can help stop this loss in our community," Ortiz said.

The money in Pueblo County would go toward opioid awareness efforts like education and treatment programs.