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La Crosse County Board okays opioid settlement money, program to help mentally ill prisoners



The La Crosse County Board has approved a settlement of a national opioid lawsuit, which means the county should get a few million dollars as part of the agreement.

On Thursday, the board voted to enter into the class-action settlement involving companies such as Teva Pharmaceutical, Walmart, and Walgreens, paying for drug addiction treatment and other effects of opioid sales.

The county share of the settlement is expected to total $3.5 million, and the payments could be spread out over nearly 20 years.

In other county business, the board endorsed a project to reduce the number of mentally ill prisoners in the La Crosse County jail. 

Board members voted to join a campaign called Stepping Up, which would work with government, business, and medical experts to deal with mental illness among jail inmates. 

According to a resolution passed by the board, about 2 million people in jails around the U.S. have serious mental illnesses.  Local governments have to spend more money on those prisoners than on ones who are not mentally ill, and those people are more likely to use drugs, and to commit crimes again when they’re released from jail.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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