Kenosha County Board Approves Terms For Opioid Settlement

By Pete Serzant, WLIP News

KENOSHA, WI (WLIP)–Kenosha County is set to receive another round of settlement money in a 2017 lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioids.

The Kenosha County Board approved a measure last week agreeing to the terms with this round of manufacturers.

Three pharmaceutical distributors were also named in this settlement.

Kenosha County received just under two million dollars in settlement funds two years ago from other pharmaceutical companies.

The state of Wisconsin along with individual communities could receive over $4 hundred million in settlement funds over a nearly two decade period as part of the lawsuit.

Local governments stand to gain more than $282 million during that span with Kenosha County to receive around 10 million dollars.

However those funds will not go into the county’s general fund but must be set aside to use for opioid abatement.

The county has established an advisory panel to create recommendations for use of those funds.