In 2017, Ilene led the County and 22 other political subdivisions in filing a civil lawsuit against the opioid manufacturers and distributors and pharmacy chains whose actions led to the devastating opioid epidemic. Following months of preparation for trial, the County reached settlement agreements with the manufacturers and distributors. Under Ilene’s leadership, the Opioid Abatement Advisory Council was created to provide oversight authority of settlement funds, ensuring funding will go to Summit County programs that help abate the opioid epidemic.