Alamance County Agrees to $373,000 a Year in Opioid Settlement
Alamance County Commissioners agreed to a proposed settlement with pharmaceutical companies that will result in the county receiving about $373,000 per year for 18 years. The class action suit, known as the opioid settlement, provides funds to help those struggling with addiction to illegal narcotics including heroin. Alamance County’s portion of the settlement will be used to operate a “diversion center” that will provide an alternative to jail for those who commit minor, nonviolent offenses, including suspects with a drug addiction or mental health issues. The use of such a “diversion center” has support of area law enforcement officials, including Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson.