Montrose city councilors have opted out of a state-wide opioid settlement fund that would distribute just above $26,000 over 18 years, a move that will instead allocate the city’s funds to a regional program instead of accepting a small amount each year.

The settlement fund, known as the Colorado Opioids Settlement Memorandum of Understanding (Colorado MOU), was signed by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser on August 26, 2021 as a response to the ongoing opioid crisis, according to a city news release.

If the city were to opt into fund allocation, it would receive just under $3,000 for year one, with “relatively small amounts throughout the 18-year lifespan of the settlement period, according to City Attorney Ben Morris.

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