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PENDLETON — Local officials and Community Counseling Solutions plan on using funds from opioid lawsuit settlements to hire a position to help opioid abusers navigate criminal cases in municipal courts.

Lawsuit settlements with opioids manufacturers and distributors have made funds available to states, counties and cities with populations more than 10,000 for opioid abuse prevention, treatment and recovery. Umatilla and Morrow counties, Hermiston and Pendleton collectively should receive about $2.8 million during the 18-year term of the existing distributors and manufacturer agreements. Other settlements may be reached.

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