We're moving into open comment, but I think I'm gonna thread some things from the consent agenda (which is after this, but won't really get discussed).
Notably, Boulder is getting its part of a settlement with pharma co. who fueled (and profited off) the opioid crisis.

We got an update on this Aug. 24. threadreaderapp.com/thread/1430349…
But more details now.
Settlements still being worked out, but all told, Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson are being forced to pay $22.8B.

Colorado expected to receive $400M over 18 years
Of that:
10% goes to the state
20% to local gov’t
60% to regions
10% to specific statewide infrastructure
All goes to addiction treatment, recovery and prevention
BoCo - 5.7936% share of that local gov't $$
Allocated based on
(a) the number of persons suffering from Opioid Use Disorder in the county;
(b) the number of opioid overdose deaths in the county; and
(c) the amount of opioids distributed within the county
Boulder gets 31.7629% of BoCo's share.
The $$ can be used for all kinds of things. Treatment, prevention, lots of training (for health care workers, gov't officials, police, courts, addiction counselors, ER doctors/nurses, schools) housing, mental health and PSAs.
Basically, the "Full continuum of care: supportive housing, residential treatment, medical detox services, peer support services and counseling, community navigators, case management, and connections to community-based services."
There are seriously pages and pages of things that this money can be used for. I read through them all. Also some family supports — mental health care for loved ones of those experiencing addition, and for kids of parents with opioid use disorder.
Also, some public education efforts for "stigma reduction" around addiction, which I think we all can agree Boulder needs.
Anyway, some good news for our community. We definitely need more $$ to help with mental health (of which addiction is a part). Nice that these co. are helping to pay for it.
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Presentation: documents.bouldercolorado.gov/WebLink/DocVie…
Or, easier to understand, is this story from when council discussed this in July. boulderbeat.news/2021/06/24/dia…
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I've already heard from three people that are speaking a the public hearing, so I'm stoked. Get stoked!
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