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Tribal community college to receive opioid epidemic grant

Congressman Rick Nolan, D-Crosby, announced Wednesday, Aug. 29, the Fond du Lac Tribal Community College will be the recipient of a $319,843 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to engage youths, battle opioid addiction and preserve culture.

Nolan noted the proposed project—Cultural Responses to Healing Trauma, Fighting Opioids, and Unlocking the Potential of Native American Youth—is an attempt to engage youths in a culture-based, community-level prevention program to help address the growing opioid epidemic in addition to mental and behavioral health risks while also teaching them about their culture.

"This announcement comes as great news for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and the surrounding region," Nolan stated in a news release. "It's critical that we educate our youth about the risk factors of opioid use and abuse. The program will do exactly that and also serve as a conduit to connect Fond du Lac Band members and surrounding communities to important resources, social networks and Ojibwe culture."

Earlier this year, Nolan released draft legislation, the Opioid Advertising and Prescriber Prohibition Act of 2018, that would ban direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical company advertising of opioid drugs and opioid receptor antagonists (which are prescribed to treat the side effects of opioids). The measure, which is still in draft form, would also prohibit pharmaceutical companies or their agents from promoting these products to health care providers.