In April 2021, Attorney General Josh Stein and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners unveiled a Memorandum of Agreement (NC MOA) governing how North Carolina will use the proceeds of the distributor and J&J settlements as well as proceeds from the Purdue and Mallinckrodt bankruptcy resolutions.

The NC MOA dedicates all settlement funds to addressing the opioid epidemic.  The Agreement directs 15 percent of settlement funds to the state and 85 percent to local governments – the most favorable state-level arrangement for local governments in the United States. 

Local governments set to receive direct payments under the settlement are the 100 North Carolina counties as well as 17 municipalities – Asheville, Canton, Cary, Charlotte, Concord, Durham, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greensboro, Greenville, Henderson, Hickory, High Point, Jacksonville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston-Salem. See how much each county and municipality could get from these settlements here. Municipalities that do not receive direct payments under the settlements benefit because their respective counties use settlement payments to provide treatment, recovery, harm reduction and other life-saving programs and services to municipal residents.

Like the distributor and J&J settlements, the NC MOA directs settlement funds to treatment, recovery support, harm reduction, and other strategies to address the opioid epidemic.  The NC MOA offers local governments two options:

  • Under Option A, a local government may fund one or more strategies from a shorter list of evidence-based, high-impact strategies to address the epidemic.
  • Under Option B, a local government may fund one or more strategies from a longer list of strategies after engaging in a collaborative strategic planning process involving a diverse array of stakeholders at the local level.

The NC MOA offers a high level of transparency into how local governments use opioid settlement funds, including special revenue funds subject to audit, annual financial and impact reports, and a public dashboard showing how funds are being used.

At least 127 local governments joined the NC MOA by November 15, 2021, with others continuing to join since.

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Additional information is available from the NC Association of County Commissioners.