St. Lawrence County legislators to take action on lawsuit settlement, opioid grant and historian appointment
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 4:21 pm

CANTON -- The St. Lawrence County legislature will meet on Monday and decide on paying a lawsuit settlement, accepting a grant to combat the opioid epidemic and appoint a county historian.

The county is being offered a $72,000 grant from the state Department of Health, which the resolution set to go in front of the board says can be used to increase access to naloxone and buprenorphine. Naloxone, sometimes marketed under the brand name Narcan, is a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Buprenorphine, sometimes marketed as Suboxone, is prescribed to ease the effects of opioid withdrawal.

The board will also take action on a resolution that would modify their budget to allow a $400,000 payment to settle a lawsuit.

The resolution says the suit is in the case of Donna N. Wells and James A. Wells vs. County of St. Lawrence and Matthew A. Bell.

The resolution says "in view of the circumstances, the damages sustained buy the plaintiff, the uncertainty of the outcome of a jury trial, and the possibility of a verdict adverse to the county, the board believes that a settlement is in the best interest of the county … and its citizens."

Also, the board is expected to decide on appointing Randy Merrill as St. Lawrence County historian. The position is currently vacant.