Aug. 21, 2023 – In 2023, one of the biggest stories journalists across the country will be covering is the millions of dollars being distributed from settlements of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies. These are dollars that city, county, and/or state policymakers will be charged with spending to mitigate the harms of the overdose epidemic in communities big and small. But this story won’t come and go. Over the next 18 years, local journalists will be tasked with covering how the money is spent and holding their community leaders accountable for their choices. 

In this webinar, Christine Minhee and Kate Boulton will review with journalists the state-level resources they have created at and Vital Strategies respectively to help journalists track how this money is being distributed in order to hold public officials accountable for how it’s being spent. This didactic session will teach you how to use the materials and help you walk away with stories you can take on today.