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Montana, Canada team up to tackle opioid problem

Posted at 6:45 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 20:45:50-04

HELENA – As an opioid crisis grips the nation, state leaders are hoping that sharing strategies and information with our neighbors to the north will help ease the problem.

On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and other state leaders joined the Consul General of Canada in Denver for a convention held at Carroll College to discuss best practices and approaches to the opioid problem.

Experts from the U.S. and Canada attended the day-long convention and discussed the situation in both countries and what can be done to prevent opioid abuse.

Attorney General Fox pointed to recent successes including bills in the state legislature and a lawsuit his office launched against Purdue Pharma, the maker of ocycontin.

Consul General of Canada in Denver Stephane Lessard said Montana and Canada can work together because of how close we are.

“A lot of Montanans move up to visit Canada. It’s family. This is our friendships. Our migrations. How we settled this part of North American together. So, to us it’s more than important – it’s personal”

One hundred thirty people registered for the conference which wrapped up Tuesday evening.

Story by Jacob Fuhrer, MTN News