Maryland

Allocation of Funds

Maryland is participating in the national settlement and funds are split into several pots:

25% [Local Allocation] – Local dollars Sent directly to local entities.

60% [Targeted Abatement Subfund] – Local dollars, but must apply through the State Housed in the Abatement Accounts Fund and distributed via grants to political entities by the Secretary of Health. Of this money:

    • 25% [State Discretionary Abatement Fund] is allocated at the discretion of the Secretary of Health via a grant process. Qualifying non-litigating subdivisions (not community orgs) can apply for grants.
    • 75% [Targeted Abatement Grants] is reserved for non-competitive targeted abatement grants awarded to qualifying subdivisions in accordance with each subdivision’s Subdivision Allocation Percentage (see Section V of the agreement).

15% [State Allocation] – State dollars These funds are housed in the Opioid Restitution Fund & the Opioid Restitution Fund Advisory Council provides recommendations regarding the use of those funds. The Council is merely advisory. The State still determines where the money will be allocated. This is the only pot of money that can be granted directly to community organizations.

Maryland’s Office of Overdose Response is charged with managing grant processes. Funding opportunities for settlement funds (and other funding sources) are announced here. And some information about past settlement spending can be found here.

In 2023, the Opioid Restitution Fund Advisory Council met often to compile their recommendations and also held virtual public listening sessions and circulated a public survey to gather input on spending priorities. Meetings were all-virtual and open to the public (including time for public comment), but recordings were not available and minutes were usually posted several weeks later. Join their mailing list to get notified of upcoming meetings and other announcements, and send any questions or comments to StopOverdose@Maryland.gov.

Also of note, one Maryland leader has been selected for the Opioid Solutions Leadership Network, a national cohort of county officials and leaders pursuing effective implementation of opioid settlement funds. This Network is managed by the National Association of Counties in partnership with Vital Strategies with the goal to equip county decision makers with tools and evidence-based solutions to address substance use disorder in their communities.

  • Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Baltimore County, Director of Health and Human Services

Show Me The Money

Distributor & Janssen Settlement: $395 million (Note: Baltimore City is pursuing independent litigation against Johnson & Johnson and is not eligible to receive funding through Maryland’s settlement agreement. However, non-government organizations that operate in Baltimore City will be eligible to receive discretionary abatement funds for eligible uses.)
McKinsey & Company: $12 million
Walgreens: $74.7 million over 15 years
Walmart:
$55.4 million over 6 years

Teva: $70.2 million over 13 years
Allergan: $38.1 million over 7 years
Publicis: $7.2 million
Mallinckrodt: $475 million to Baltimore City
Purdue: $132.2 million (Settlement contingent on Supreme Court hearing)
Endo: Joined

Also see the Global Settlement Tracker.

Community Advocate Guide

Christine Minhee, J.D. of OpioidSettlementTracker.com and Vital Strategies released comprehensive guides on opioid settlement funds for all 50 states and the District of Columbia! Each guide contains essential information on total funding, legal mechanism(s) governing the process, and funding allocations in each state.

Check out the Maryland Guide for more in depth information about the state’s plan for managing and allocating funds (info is current as of 5/8/23).