White pills spill in front of several orange cylindrical prescription pill bottles with white safety caps.
Counties and cities across Michigan will receive a total of more than $500 million from pharmaceutical companies that fueled the opioid epidemic. Credit: Photo credit: K-State Research And Extension

Pharmaceutical companies that fueled the opioid epidemic are sending hundreds of millions to local governments in Michigan as part of national legal settlements over their role in the crisis.

While the money may not be enough to repair the harm caused by the systematic overprescription of opioids, it will fund sorely needed recovery and treatment programs.

New data provided by the office of state Attorney General Dana Nessel show exactly how much cities and counties are set to receive.

Search for your county or municipality to see how much funding it is set to receive as part of opioid settlements as of September:

Detroit, for instance, expects to get $40 million over 18 years from various settlements.

Half of the settlement money will go to the state, and the other half will go to local governments based on a range of metrics including the number of opioid overdose deaths and the number of opioid pills prescribed. Some Michigan municipalities declined the money, saying the amount they would receive wouldn’t justify the administrative costs of complying with the settlement.

Nessel expects the state to ultimately receive as much as $1.54 billion from all of the settlements. Some national lawsuits, including a multi-billion case against Purdue Pharma, haven’t been resolved yet.

Under the terms of the various settlements, at least 85% of the money must be spent on a predefined list of opioid remediation strategies, including prevention and treatment.

Editor’s note: The settlement table has been updated to include payment estimates from the Distributer and Janssen settlement for counties, townships and cities. The table previously aggregated these payments at the county level.

Koby (he/him) believes that love drives people to fight for their communities, and that curiosity is food for love. He enjoys the many moods of the Detroit River.