Allocation of Funds

Tennessee is participating in the national settlement and funds are split 3 ways:

15% [State Fund] – State dollars Directed to the State’s general fund and allocated by the legislature.

15% [Subdivision Fund] – Local dollars Sent directly to subdivisions without restrictions.

70% [Abatement Accounts Fund] – Placed in the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Fund (managed and appropriated by the Opioid Abatement Council) and must be spent on approved interventions.

    • Local dollars: Of this money, 35% will be given directly to counties that signed onto the settlement agreement based on an allocation algorithm that takes into account population, overdose rate, and opioid sales.
    • Awarded dollars: The other 65% will be awarded through a competitive grant process.

The Opioid Abatement Council meets quarterly in-person and rotates physical location in each Grand Division (East, Middle, West). Meetings are open to the public and livestreamed, and recordings are on their website and the State’s YouTube page. Public comment is allowed briefly at the end of the meeting for both in-person and virtual attendees. Additionally, you can submit comments or sign up for updates on their website.

At their December 2022 meeting, the Council agreed to allocate funds roughly among the following strategies:

  • 15% to primary prevention
  • 10% to harm reduction
  • 40% to treatment
  • 20% to recovery and support
  • 10% to education and training
  • 5% to research and evaluation

Funds can be for project periods of 1-3 years. Notably, they also distinguish between applicants with revenues below or above $1 million.

Also of note, 1 Tennessee 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.

  • Hon. Mark Potts, Jefferson County Mayor

Show Me The Money

Distributor & Janssen Settlement: $600 million
McKinsey & Company:
$15.2 million
$8.9 million
Teva, Allergan, CVS, Walgreens: $419 million (CVS: $127m, Walgreens: $138m)
$72 million
$9.2 million
Participating + $21 million from “Baby Doe” settlement for 9 counties in NE Tennessee
Food City: $44.5 million
Kroger: Participating
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 Tennessee Guide for more in depth information about the state’s plan for managing and allocating funds (info is current as of 5/12/23).