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White Earth Leaders Meet with State Officials to Discuss Substance Abuse issues

06-03-2011

 

Tribal Public Health Emergency- Working Towards Partnerships And Resources

“Promising and uplifting,” are terms used to describe a meeting held on Tuesday May 17th as tribal leaders took another major step forward addressing concerns related to prescription medication and other illegal drug abuse. The declaration of a public health emergency dated January 31st, 2011 states, “…this proclamation be served upon the following state and federal agencies with a request for assistance in combating this emergency…” The state of Minnesota has taken notice and reached out leading to correspondence between tribal and state officials setting up the meeting on May 17th in St. Paul. The meeting consisted of both governments getting together to learn where each other are at in relation to prescription drug initiatives, and how to collaborate together in the future.

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