VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vigo County will receive nearly $2 million as a result of opting back into a multi-state lawsuit against opioid distributors.

Vigo County Commissioner Chris Switzer confirmed the decision to opt-in was made at Tuesday morning’s Commissioner’s meeting. According to Switzer, the county will receive around $1.5 million to $2 million over the course of 18-20 years.

Switzer said that while the yearly sum won’t be a huge number, it will still help out. Switzer credited the county’s attorney for maximizing the amount received as they opted-in and out a few times.

This sum is significantly greater than the original settlement that commissioners chose to opt-out out of. Attorney Joel Modesitt said that the original agreement was opted out of because only 15% of the settlement would’ve went to the municipalities. This would have been around $600,000.

Modesitt said that bigger financial incentives were a key element in opting back in.

“One of the main reasons is the financial incentives are so much better,” Modesitt explained. “It’s almost triple of what the previous settlement would’ve been for.”

Modesitt said that it’s too early to tell how the money will be used, and that decision will ultimately be made by commissioners. However, he assured that the commissioner’s decision to opt-in will benefit the community.

“I think it’s important for the community to offset some of the cost we’ve dealt with with opioid abuse and different recovery things,” Modesitt said.

There’s no official date for when the county is expected to receive its first payment from the settlement.