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Opioid Settlement Spending Plan

Mecklenburg County will hold a community engagement event to gather input on the use of opioid settlement funds. The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 8:30 - 11 a.m. at Valerie C. Woodard Center, 3205 Freedom Drive.


In July 2021, a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general announced the National Opioid Settlement – a historic $50 billion agreement that will help bring desperately needed help to communities harmed by the opioid epidemic. The state of North Carolina and all 100 counties, including Mecklenburg County, joined the agreement. Mecklenburg County is expected to receive $72 million over an 18-year period.

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    Opioid Settlement Spending Plan

    County leaders, healthcare partners, providers, stakeholders and those with lived experience contributed to the Wave One - Opioid Settlement Spending Plan

    • $4 million - Expand opioid addiction treatment services for the uninsured and underinsured in partnership with Alliance Health.
    • $540,000 - increase the availability of harm reduction resources such as naloxone distribution and syringe service programs.
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    Community Engagement

    Each year, Mecklenburg County will hold a community engagement event to gather input on the use of opioid settlement funds.

    The next event will take place on TuesdayNov. 7, 2023 from 8:30 - 11 a.m. at the Valerie C. Woodard Center, 3205 Freedom Drive.

    Register online.

    You can watch video of the 2022 event below.

Watch video of the Oct. 27, 2022 event

Opioid Settlement Grants

From July 15 to Aug. 15, 2023, Mecklenburg County accepted funding applications from organizations that provide opioid addiction treatment and other substance use and mental health services. More than $6 million in grant was allocated through a competitive community proposal process. The County accepted submissions based on the following categories of opioid treatment and addiction-related services for FY24 and FY25:

  • Employment-Related Services - $525,000

  • Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment - $750,000

  • Early Intervention - $750,000

  • Recovery Support Services - $1 million

  • Recovery Housing Support - $3 million

On Thursday, July 13, 2023, the County held an information session to educate organizations about the application process, eligibility, and reporting requirements to qualify for Mecklenburg County’s Opioid Settlement funding. The PowerPoint presentation is available for review.

Frequently Asked Questions


If you have questions about the Opioid Settlement Spending Plan, please reach out.