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Addiction treatment, housing and drug disposal: How the county aims to spend $100 million in opioid settlements

Anticipating $100 million in settlements from county lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, San Diego County supervisors on Wednesday released a plan to use the funds to counsel overdose survivors, expand addiction treatment and safely dispose of unused prescription drugs.

At a press conference at the County Administration Center, Board Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Joel Anderson described how they plan to spend the expected money to curb addiction and overdoses. The board will consider that proposal at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Under the plan, the county would create a 24-hour service to dispatch trained peer advocates to hospitals to meet patients recovering from overdoses and initiate treatment before the cycle of drug use and crisis resumes.