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In order to beat a drug addiction problem, there should be a collective effort. Not only the people, but even the government should extend help in any way it can to save more lives and secure a better society for everyone to live in. In the case of opioid addiction, help is coming to Cerro Gordo County and this is thanks to a federal grant.

opioid addiction help coming to Cerro Gordo CountyA new regional team to combat opioid addiction is coming together in Cerro Gordo County, thanks to a federal grant. The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, MercyOne North Iowa, Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, and the Mason City Youth Task Force, have been awarded a $200,000 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program planning grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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The team will work together to create a plan to bring more substance abuse counselors, mental health and medical providers to North Iowa. The project’s focus areas are prevention and treatment with an overall goal of preventing opioid and substance abuse disorder whenever possible, while providing more access to treatment services in North Iowa.

“Rural communities continue to face several challenges in accessing … prevention, treatment and recovery services,” said Tom Morris, associate administrator for the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. “Over half of rural counties nationwide lack a provider who is waivered to prescribe buprenorphine (a medication used in combination with therapy to help people reduce or quit their use of opiates).”

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