GF Call To Action
Doug Barrett | Nov 6, 2018 AT 8:47 am
Efforts to combat opioid abuse in Grand Forks may be paying off. The city council received an update on Mayor Mike Brown’s 2017 call to action plan. The campaign focuses on four key areas: prevention…intervention… recovery…and data communication.
Opioid Response Coordinator Michael Dulitz says he has sponsored over four-dozen courses educating over 500 community members on the use of the opioid reversal medication naloxone. In addition the city has distributed 275 naloxone kits – many of those going to the Grand Forks Police Department. He says the kit has already been credited with saving a life. The city has already experienced no opioid overdoses in June...July...and August.
Dulitz says the health department is also looking at ways to boost treatment options including working with four regional providers to increase Grand Forks services.
Council member Sandi Marshall - who sits on the action committee - says the group continues to meet on a quarterly basis to help update the substance abuse plan.