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Posted on: January 10, 2019

Mayor's Committee on Addiction making changes in 2019

The Mayor’s Committee on Addiction is making some big changes for 2019.

The committee, formed in 2017 under former Minot Mayor Chuck Barney, is seeking to hire an executive director who will report to the Recovery Organization Inc. board of directors, which will have six members.

The committee received a $200,000 Bush Foundation Grant in late 2018. The recovery organization will be an independent, non-profit organization run by local representatives, with a mission to mobilize resources and increase the availability and quality of long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions. The strategy includes public education and peer-based recovery support services.

Paul Stroklund, an original member of the committee, said the group completed its work in laying the foundation for the next steps in the battle against opioid addiction in the Minot area.

As part of the changes, First District Health Unit is working to establish a peer program led by former addicts to help those in search of recovery. The Minot area does have Narcotics Anonymous, but there's no consistent meeting place or program stability. Stroklund also said a team of community members is working to create a case management team for recovering addicts to have easier access the appropriate resources.

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