By JULIE CARR SMYTH
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. Mike DeWine says 100 lawyers and government officials from across the state have made a "positive start" on deciding how millions of dollars Ohio communities might receive through national opioid litigation settlements should be spent.

The Republican governor said a meeting he convened Wednesday involving the state attorney general, lawyers for cities and counties and various state and local officials may serve as a national model.

It came days after the nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to a $260 million settlement over the toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis.

DeWine said Summit and Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) counties' money is theirs to spend. The gathering focused on future potential settlement dollars from pending state and local suits.

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