OAG announces $1.6M payment for Guam from opiod settlement
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho today announced that Guam has received a $1.6 million settlement payment from Johnson&Johnson, which manufactures opioid.
The new payment brings to $2.6 million the total balance held in the opioid trust account, Camacho said.
The opioid settlements represent the largest non-tobacco settlement ever recovered by the Office of the Attorney General.
“We will build safer communities by investing these funds in crime prevention programs and resources that help those struggling with addiction, substance abuse and mental health issues,” Camacho said.
Last week, the Opioid Recovery Advisory Council met to discuss the process for how the funds will be awarded.
The proposal includes the publication of a notice of availability of funds and an open application period for any organizations interested in substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.
The council also discussed legislation that would expand access to Naloxone, a life-saving medication, to first responders, law enforcement and community organizations.