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Pennsylvania Opioid Trust Allocates Funds with Careful Review

The Pennsylvania Opioid Misuse and Addiction Abatement Trust has distributed over $200 million since 2021 but has only spent $70 million, highlighting a careful review process for proposed county projects. As of May, the Trust approved most of the 400 project proposals from counties, aimed at mitigating opioid misuse.

Projects must align with Exhibit E guidelines, which preclude spending solely on policing or community needs without a direct connection to opioid amelioration. Several proposals, including a request from Philadelphia for $11 million lacking sufficient detail, underwent additional scrutiny. Approved initiatives include addiction services outreach, wound care, and prevention activities, while proposals for community events and youth sports leagues were often rejected for lacking a clear opioid-related focus. Counties continue to plan and adjust their projects, with extensions granted for spending deadlines due to the slow initial rollout and administrative challenges.


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