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January 9, 2023

New York’s $2.5 billion in opioid settlement money is no “windfall.” It’s not something that happened to drop in our laps by happy accident. That money was earned through human misery.

The funds were handed over by opioid manufacturers and distributors who profited from others’ addiction, but they’re not the ones who paid. The price was paid by the children left without a mother, by the young man overdosed on the sidewalk. It’s blood money. We cannot forget that.

Perhaps, if we consider the settlement funds in that light, we may feel more keenly the urgency of putting that money to use.

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