State opioid settlement money is now being distributed


After decades of fueling the opioid epidemic, drugmakers are now paying the price.

“As a victim of this, I love to see this funding coming our way. Will it ever be enough? I don’t think so,” Sarah Zubrin said.

Today, Zubrin is not only in recovery herself, but guiding others through it.

I’m the clinical director of the Mile High Recovery Center,” she said.

They are one of the organizations that could potentially benefit from the state’s nearly $400 million opioid settlement; the money that is now distributed.

“Mile High would like to see some clients be able to access more detox services, for those immediate needs,” Zubrin said.

The state plans to release money every year for the next 18 years.

in 2022, nearly $20 million will be distributed statewide.

Denver will receive the largest amount of funding this year with nearly $5 million.

Zubrin says any additional funding is welcome, but given the scale of the problem, it’s just the start.

“I think $4 million will start flowing into needed services, but the problem with addiction recovery is that it takes a long time. It’s not like I’m going to the hospital for a week and I was done, and I’m healed,” Zubrin said.

To see where the money will go this year, check out this link: https://coag.gov/press-releases/9-29-22/

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