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Grand Forks Awarded A Grant To Strengthen Opioid Addiction Treatment & Recovery & To Prevent Overdose Deaths

Post Date:08/11/2017 4:32 PM

Grand Forks, ND – The North Dakota Department of Human Services has awarded a grant to Grand Forks to strengthen local efforts to treat opioid use disorder, support recovery, and save lives by preventing overdose deaths.

“Substance abuse, addiction and related mental health issues are real struggles, not only nationally but locally,” said Mayor Michael R. Brown “these outside resources are critical to leverage, with community expertise, to tackle this crisis.”

Prescription and illegal drug use is an epidemic throughout the country.  A community health assessment conducted by Grand Forks Public Health and Altru Health System in 2016 identified it as a local priority as well.  This grant will help support and advance the plans and actions the Public Health Department has in place.

“Thanks to this grant our community is positioned to take real steps forward” said Debbie Swanson Public Health Director “we can implement prevention and harm reduction strategies by increasing access to life-saving overdose reversal medications and treatment.”

Grand Forks was one of five communities who demonstrated not only a need, but the capacity to address the opioid crisis across the continuum from prevention to recovery.