Council remained on its Summer schedule in August so this update only includes one regular meeting that month. In an unusual turn of events there were no ordinances on the agenda for either meeting in the month of September and the regular meeting in August only had routine administrative business. Adding to the unusual stretch of Council meetings there was a ’emergency’ meeting of Council to review and approve a legal settlement brokered by the State –
SETTLEMENT WITH MCKESSON CORPORATION, CARDINAL HEALTH, INC., AND AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORPORATION PURSUANT TO THE ONE OHIO MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING REGARDING THE PURSUIT AND USE OF POTENTIAL OPIOID LITIGATION SETTLEMENT FUNDS CONSISTENT WITH THE TERMS OF THE JULY 21, 2021 NATIONAL OPIOID DISTRIBUTOR SETTLEMENT
The the class-wide settlement is estimated to be worth $26 billion dollars of which $804 million will be distributed in Ohio. Springdale’s share of that settlement is estimated to be approximately $98,000. The settlement funds would be paid to the City in annual installments over 18 years and can be used for opioid remediation. The State only gave municipalities until August 13th to take action on the proposed settlement which is why we needed the special meeting.
The settlement was accepted by Springdale – though I feel it does not truly reflect or adequately the reality and the damage these companies brought to our doorsteps. Springdale is not in a position to take on these companies outside the group actions so here we are. That being said – if you know someone that needs help the Springdale Health Department has access to resources that can help.