Opioid Settlement Plan money will be used to combat crisis in Wisconsin

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and Department of Human Services officials met Monday, Aug. 8, to give an update on the state's first Opioid Settlement Plan payment. 

It comes after the state settled with several drug manufacturers and distributors in February. 

DHS is set to receive more than $400 million over the next 18 years. The first payment of $6 million was received less than two weeks ago. 

"These funds have an opportunity to transform the response to the opioid epidemic and finally turn the corner in this fight," said AG Kaul.

Five million dollars of settlement money will be going to preventative measures, like Narcan training, and Fentanyl testing strips. 

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