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Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Third Distribution of Funds from McKinsey Opioid Settlement

From left to right: ADCANP Director Sallye Longshore, Attorney General Steve Marshall, & ADCANP Deputy Director Tracy Plummer
Photo Courtesy of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office

(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Friday, October 22, 2021 his third distribution of funds recovered by the State through its February 2021 settlement with McKinsey & Company for its role in the opioid crisis.

In a meeting with leadership from the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (ADCANP), Attorney General Marshall awarded Director Sallye Longshore $1.5 million to invest in reducing adverse childhood experiences driven by parental addiction to opioids.

According to the terms of the State’s settlement with McKinsey, funds recovered by the State are to be used “to remediate the harms caused to the State and its citizens by the opioid epidemic” and “to recover the costs incurred by the state in investigating and pursuing its claims” against McKinsey. Data suggests that a large percentage of children enter foster care in Alabama due to parental substance abuse and that child neglect accounts for over 60 percent of child removals from the home.

Attorney General Marshall explained, “The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention is a small state agency with a critical mission—strengthening families. I firmly believe that strong families are the answer to nearly every societal ill that our state is wrestling with, not the least of which is the opioid crisis. Sallye and her team are passionate about what they do and I am very pleased to be able to support their work in some small way.”

ADCANP Director Sallye Longshore added, “Children are the invisible victims of the opioid epidemic. Not only does parental substance abuse often lead to the abuse and neglect of children, but abused and neglected children tend to grow up to be substance-dependent adults. Our goal at ADCANP is to break this cycle and we have developed the evidence-based programs to do just that. Attorney General Marshall believes in what we do and we are grateful for his financial investment in our mission to strengthen Alabama’s families.” To read the Office of Attorney General’s full press release, click here.

Photo Courtesy of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office