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Brooklynite appointed to board that deploys NY’s opioid settlement funds

May 30, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STATEWIDE — BROOKLYNITE TRACIE M. GARDNER has been appointed to New York State’s Opioid Settlement Fund Advisory Board, NY Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday, May 30. The Advisory Board provides recommendations for the uses of the state’s opioid settlement funds within each community. The board also supports the distribution of more than $2.7 billion that Attorney General James has secured from opioid manufacturers and distributors, which is used for treatment, prevention, and abatement efforts. Ms. Gardner has more than three decades of experience in public health and public policy and is a nationally recognized expert on health and issues that disproportionately impact communities of color. Gardner is the co-director of the National Black Harm Reduction Network, and concluded 24 years at the Legal Action Network, most recently serving as the Senior Vice President of Policy Advocacy.

Attorney General James said of Tracie Gardner, “She is distinctly qualified to sit on the Opioid Settlement Fund Advisory Board to help steer critical investments in prevention, treatment, and recovery programs to the most vulnerable in our state. In this new role, Tracie will help oversee the distribution of more than $2.7 billion that my office secured from companies that fueled the opioid crisis, and I look forward to seeing leaders across the state continue to use these funds to support communities that are still struggling.”

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