ACADEMIC RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS
HEALTH AFFAIRS BLOG, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
As the opioid litigation draws towards its conclusion, we have an opportunity to apply lessons learned from past mistakes, potentially saving thousands of lives. If the settlements are to help, they must do more than compensate jurisdictions for past costs or ease future budgetary pressures. They even have to do more than make the Sacklers pay for their misdeeds. Rather, if the states and localities that have brought the cases truly wish to redress the problem and prevent another crisis, they must direct funds into structural reforms that genuinely advance the health of the public.