Minot receives $200K grant to fight opioid epidemic

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

Mayor Chuck Barney said the Bush Foundation grant will help implement an action plan from a report being drafted by his Committee on Addiction. He says the draft could be complete by next week.

Barney says the grant money will be used to compile data, identify gaps in services, increase community awareness and create a hub.

Barney also says 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.