Wayne County to Join Opioid Lawsuit

Wayne County Fiscal Court met in special session Monday morning and approved a resolution that would allow state litigators to proceed on behalf of the county in the One Kentucky Opioid lawsuit. The pending litigation was filed against drug companies that are considered contributors to the state’s opioid drug crisis.

A possible deal with a drug company and three-drug distribution companies was recently announced by Attorney General Daniel Cameron. He told media that the state could reap more than $460 million over an 18 year period to fight the problem of opioid addiction.

The court approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Attorney General’s Office to negotiate settlements in regard to the county. All opioid funds allocated to the Commonwealth of Kentucky from the settlement in the litigation would be divided 50-50 between the state and participating local governments. Kentucky could use the settlement money for substance abuse treatment, prevention and other programs related to opioid abuse.

Prior to the business portion of Monday’s meeting, Wayne County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson recognized a member of his staff, Nancy Allen, who is retiring. Anderson acknowledged the valuable contributions Allen has made during her tenure in his office. “Thank you for the past six years, seven months, and twenty-six days. I wish you a happy, healthy retirement. God has blessed me with your service to myself, the magistrates, the staff, and the thousands of calls you have taken for road repairs, garbage pickups, animal issues, and the list goes on,” said County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson.