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Four North Dakota tribes will each receive $70,000 in funding to curb opioid abuse, state officials announced Wednesday.

The North Dakota Department of Human Services received community grant applications from Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

These tribes will receive funding to increase access to the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, increase access to medication-assisted treatment, peer support and other recovery services. The grant will run from Nov. 1 to April 15.

All states were awarded a $2 million federal grant in April to support localized approaches to opioid addiction treatment, recovery and prevention. In August, DHS awarded grants to Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Valley City.

Gov. Doug Burgum also announced Wednesday additional measures in place to combat the opioid epidemic in the state. He signed an executive order on Sept. 26, which outlines several state agency initiatives:

• North Dakota Highway Patrol is requiring training for all new law enforcement officers on how to administer naloxone.

• The North Dakota Department of Health is developing video training to medical professionals on how to administer naloxone.

• DHS is providing naloxone and training to licensed addiction counselors, as well as Highway Patrol.

• DHS is awarding $200,000 to the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to put a program in place to increase access to naloxone and medication-assisted treatment for inmates with an opioid use disorders. 

"Opioid addiction and overdoses are having a devastating impact on North Dakota families, businesses and communities, and we need to utilize every tool available across state government to reverse this deeply disturbing trend,” Burgum said in a news release. "These agency actions are a significant step toward finding solutions across the full continuum of care: prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery."

For more information on resources available to address opioid abuse and overdose, visit www. behavioralhealth.dhs.nd.gov/addiction/opioid. To learn more about the state's response to the opioid epidemic and resources, visit www.recoveryreinvented.com.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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