Tracking Opioid Settlement Funds: A Journalist’s Insightful Journey

Opioid Settlement Fund

Tracking Opioid Settlement Funds: A Journalist’s Insightful Journey

The opioid crisis has been a persistent issue plaguing the United States for many years. With the recent settlements from companies involved in the production and distribution of these drugs, there is now over $50 billion available to state and local governments to address this crisis. As a journalist, I have taken on the task of tracking how these funds are being utilized. This includes the well-known Purdue Pharma settlement, as well as those from over a dozen other companies implicated in the overdose epidemic.

My interest in this topic was sparked in spring 2022. Having reported on substance-use issues for several years, I was intrigued when these companies began agreeing to these colossal settlements. It seemed like a golden opportunity for governments to finally tackle the crisis head-on. However, being a journalist, I couldn’t help but harbor concerns about potential misuse or ineffective deployment of these funds.

Since then, I’ve dedicated my time to tracking the settlement dollars and assessing whether they are being used to address the issues I’ve been reporting on for years. I’ve penned numerous articles on this subject and plan to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.

Parallel to my work on the opioid settlements, I’ve also been involved in developing an online course aimed at teaching journalists how to responsibly report on suicide. This project was initiated back in 2021, with the goal of providing reporters with tangible tools and opportunities to practice story framing, interviewing, writing, and multimedia skills when covering suicide. Now, my advisor and I are planning to evaluate the effectiveness of this course through a qualitative research study.

Earlier this year, I relocated to DC where KFF Health News’ main newsroom is located. This has allowed me to adopt a hybrid work schedule. On my work-from-home days, I alternate between sitting on my comfy couch, sitting at my desk, and using my electric height adjustable standing desk. I understand the health benefits of an electric stand up desk, but sometimes the allure of the couch is too strong!

On the days I work from the office, I enjoy the camaraderie of my colleagues and the opportunity to learn from their interactions with sources. I also appreciate the perks of office life, like the snack-filled kitchen.

My day usually starts with a 30-minute walk to work, which provides me with a tech-free time to observe the city and its inhabitants. This helps me wake up and prepare for the human interaction that awaits me at work. When working from home, I start my day by reading morning newsletters on my phone before eventually transitioning from my bed to my couch and finally to my electric height adjustable standing desk.

My workday typically consists of check-ins with my editor, conducting interviews, conducting research, and writing. Ideally, I prefer to do interviews in the morning and writing in the afternoon, but it usually ends up being a chaotic mix.

After work, I make it a point to engage in some form of physical activity. Whether it’s a spin class at the YMCA or kickboxing, it’s a great way to relieve stress and stay healthy. The rest of my evening is spent either working on my capstone project or catching up on work, before wrapping up with some leisure reading before bed.

As someone who understands the importance of maintaining good health while working long hours, I can attest to the benefits of using tools like a sit-stand desk. So, if you are wondering how to choose the best standing desk for your workspace, consider factors like adjustability, stability, and ease of use. With the right sit-stand desk, you can create a healthier and more productive work environment for yourself.

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Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Ergomotion Director since 2005.

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Andrew Pieterse 14/06/24

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Great service and really quick shipping. It is great to know that you are getting quality parts from a Scandinavian manufacturer with your standing desk purchase rather than the cheap knock off stuff you get from other major brands. Reasonably priced for the quality too!

Janette Clarke 20/05/24

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Guy was very accommodating with meeting him at a time that suited me. He assembled the desk prior to me collecting so I only had to carry it inside with help (it's pretty heavy). The desk is great, the storage racks underneath with the 6 x built in powerpoints was worth the extra money. I have a functioning & tidy workplace.
Guy was brilliant, I highly recommend.
Janette

Nickel 10/05/24

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Have now purchased 2 stand up office desks off Guy, benchmark sales service from him, all via email, so easy; from quote to plug in, only matched by the strong quality of these machines, solid and stable. If only everything in life was this easy and reliable.

Jennifer Fadriquela 23/03/24

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I purchased an EDesk this month from Ergomotion, and it was a remarkably smooth transaction. Guy was eager to answer all my questions before my purchase. As a first-time buyer of a standing desk, I truly appreciated how he addressed my queries with thorough details and provided options within my budget.

The delivery process was also smooth, despite a slight delay in the ETA. Guy ensured I received all necessary updates from the courier/removalist.

I've been using the desk for a couple of weeks now and I'm satisfied with it. It's sturdy on all height adjustments and the motor works as expected. I also like oak finish because it's clean-looking and suits my room setup.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and I'll definitely recommend Ergomotion to someone looking for their desk needs.

Josh Oliver 04/02/24

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I've had an ergomotion desk for 10 years. It's still as good today as it was brand new. Over the years Guy has always responded promptly to any guidance I've needed (mostly help putting the desk back together after removalists take it apart).

Michael Cheung 18/01/24

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Great service from Guy and the team at Ergomotion! Helped with all my queries and was able to source a standing desk part for me when many others weren't able! Highly recommend!

Shao Lei 30/11/23

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Decent desk and awesome service. Highly recommend

Rod Hathway 10/11/23

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Awesome experience. Great value, super customer experience, ordered, assembled and picked up in 24 hours!

Dom K 06/11/23

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Skip the big name brands and buy from Guy instead, 10/10 linak parts with a very well built tabletop.

Chris Wu 06/11/23

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I purchased the edesk from Guy at Ergomotion. Guy was a pleasure to deal with and the desk arrived the next day. Guy was highly knowledgeable on the desk and provided very prompt support on the installation. I can highly recommend Ergomotion.
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