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Substance abuse prevention for underserved communities

DHS wants to help underserved communities address drug and alcohol abuse. Language, culture, and resources are just three reasons why many people do not receive the support and services they need. To help address that, Minnesota Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division has funds available to offer training and technical assistance on substance abuse prevention to representatives from communities not typically served in a culturally responsive and competent way. If you would like to partner with us and understand how substance abuse prevention can work in your community, apply by January 9, 2015.

The application and a frequently asked questions page is now available. Questions or help with the application? Contact Farhia Budul at Farhia.Budul@state.mn.us or call 651-431-6326.

State Substance Abuse Strategy Executive Sponsor Meeting

The next Substance Abuse Strategy Meeting will be held January 29, 2015, from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. to review the year-end report for the State Substance Abuse strategy and to discuss the priorities for 2015. The meeting is at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Service Building, 540 Cedar Street, St Paul, Room number ELA 2390.

Tougher law, new resources add to fight against synthetic drugs

Minnesotans also have a new website to get factual information about the dangers and risks posed by the deadly substances.

KnowTheDangers.com is designed to provide resources and information for parents, youth, educators, health care professionals and others who may encounter synthetic drugs. Visitors to KnowTheDangers.com can learn what types of substances, packaging and paraphernalia to look for, as well as what effects these drugs may have and how to reach out for help. The website is optimized for mobile and tablet devices. More information is available in a news release.

Minnesota takes key steps in fight against opiate abuse

Efforts to curb a wave of prescription drug abuse and addiction to other opiates marked the first full year of the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy. Minnesota met the strategy's immediate goals to increase education for physicians and other front-line professionals about treatments for opioid dependence, how abuse of opioid-based prescription drugs can lead to addiction to other opiates like heroin and how to reverse an opiate overdose. More information is in a  news release about the substance abuse strategy's first-year report .


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