Marcum looking to create committee to discuss opioid settlement funds

Russell County, like other counties across the state, is set to receive funds from the $26 billion opioid settlement against Johnson & Johnson and other top national drug companies.

According to the Kentucky Association of Counties, Russell County is set to receive approximately $1.25 million from 2022-2038.

The largest portion of those funds was received by the county last December, with the county receiving more than $256,000 in that payment.

County Judge Executive Randy Marcum said several individuals and organizations have reached out about the funds, but Marcum wants to create a committee comprised of individuals from various industries affected by the opioid crisis to decide how the county will appropriate those funds.

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