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Increase access to treatment (24/7) – Ensure access to treatment when/where/how it is needed: Include identifying & addressing barriers, e.g., income & transportation.

Establish Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) – Identify & take steps to support (MAT) facility in GF.

Identify optimal education needs to promote intervention – Educate GF residents on how to intervene with a friend or loved one & how to get help.

Increase use of Harm Reduction Actions – Increase Narcan/Naloxone distribution & use by emergency responders; Explore needle exchange programs & family drug court. Increase Workplace Programs – To decrease stigma and increase accessibility to treatment programs.

Develop political momentum for policy/funding changes – Identify challenges in policy, politics & funding & the strategies to overcome them.

Develop Distance Counseling – Explore a distance counseling approach, using expertise at UND, to expand access to treatment.

Develop Professional Working Group – Foster a knowledge exchange & personal connections between professionals in these fields.





Here are some of the Intervention/Treatment Themes we've heard to help guide the Intervention/Treatment Action Group:

•Services provided are good but need more
•Greater capacity needed, particularly more 24/7
access, more immediate access, train more providers
•More general awareness on where to go
•More residential/in-patient facilities
•More effective (& cost effective) alternatives to intervening by PD and ER
•Lack of Best Practice approaches like Medication Assisted Treatment
•Reduce and control the number of prescribed pain meds with various approaches including time limits, contract and monitoring
•Continue and increase promotion of drug take back programs and instruction on accountability and security of prescribed drugs in the home
•Need for strong enforcement and stiff penalties for drug suppliers
•Need to provide sentencing options for addicted to include treatment as opposed to jail
•Access and proper use of Naloxone, including responders carrying and users being aware of availability
•We have amnesty laws for those who act to save life.   


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