Ohio

Allocation of Funds

Ohio is participating in the national settlement and funds are split 3 ways (see MOU):

15% – Attorney fees –  For the Office of the Ohio Attorney General

30% – Local dollars Sent directly to local governments (see allocation percentages in the MOU, Exhibit B)

55% – Regional/Foundation dollars – Managed and allocated by OneOhio Recovery Foundation, a private 501(c)3 foundation

    • Foundation funding will be dispersed to 19 regions (see Exhibit C in the MOU). Each region shall create their own governance structure and allow for input & representation from local governments. Regions shall have the responsibility to make decisions that will allocate funds to projects that will equitably serve the needs of the entire Region. Regions may collaborate with other Regions to submit joint proposals. (To learn more about your Region – including members of the board and meeting times – go to the OneOhio website and choose from the ‘Region’ drop down menu.)

The One Ohio Recovery Foundation is overseen by a 29-member board and a 9-member expert panel which is tasked with providing spending recommendations. The Board meets monthly in-person, and the public can attend but there is no opportunity for public comment. Meetings are livestreamed and recordings are made available on their website and their YouTube channel.

Notably, in August 2022, Harm Reduction Ohio (HRO) filed 2 lawsuits against OneOhio due to concerns of lack of transparency and after their public records request was ignored. Both lawsuits were successful.

  • In March 2023, a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas denied OneOhio’s request to be declared exempt from the open meetings requirements on Ohio law and the opioid settlement agreement, and ruled that the Foundation must conduct meetings in accordance with the Ohio Open Meetings Act.
  • In May 2023, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that OneOhio is the functional equivalent of a public office and must makes its records publicly available and respond to public records requests.
  • However, following these rulings, the Ohio legislature added a line item to the 9,200-page annual budget that exempts OneOhio from public records and meeting laws. In effect, the foundation and 19 regional boards are now immune from state bribery, ethics, or open records laws, and the use of this money can now be shielded from the public itself (although OneOhio continues to assert their intention to remain transparent.)

Also of note, 2 Ohio leaders have 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.

  • Brandy Carney, Cuyahoga County, Director, Department of Public Safety & Justice Services
  • Hon. Kathryn Whittington, Ashtabula County Commissioner

Show Me The Money

Distributors: $808 million
Johnson & Johnson: $185 million + $10 million for Cuyahoga & Summit Counties
McKinsey & Company: $24.7 million
Mallinckrodt: $14.5 million
Rite Aid:
1/3 of $10.5 million for Montgomery County
CVS: $206.3 million over 10 years
Walmart: $114 million
Walgreens:
$224.3 million over 15 years
CVS, Walmart, & Walgreens:
$650.6 million for Lake & Trumbull counties
Teva:
$156 million over 13 years
Allergan:
$93 million over 7 years
Publicis: $14.9 million
Endo:
$10 million cash & $1 million of product for Cuyahoga & Summit Counties
Purdue: 
Participating

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 Ohio Guide for more in depth information about the state’s plan for managing and allocating funds (info is current as of 4/6/23).