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Minot receives $200K grant to fight opioid epidemic

March 6, 2018

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot has been awarded a more than $200,000 grant to combat the city’s opioid epidemic and to create a regional hub for treatment and family services.

Mayor Chuck Barney said the grant money “will help us keep organizing and getting data and identifying programs that will support the community’s effort in battling opioids.”

He told the Minot Daily News that the Bush Foundation grant will assist in implementing an action plan from a report being drafted by his Committee on Addiction. He said the draft could be complete by next week. The draft report would then be reviewed by the full committee and go to the City Council, possibly in April.

Barney said the grant money will be used to compile Minot-specific data, conduct a comprehensive needs analysis, identify gaps in services, increase community awareness of opioid addiction and create a hub for treatment. Barney also said the city will work with the North Dakota Health Department to craft statewide policy for disposing over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

The city also plans to support tribal involvement in addiction treatment with members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Minot officials want to visit similarly-populated areas to learn about new solutions and strategies to mitigate opioid addiction.

All grant-funded activities are to be completed by March 31, 2020.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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