Program Manager Kristy Stroop says one aspect of Alliance for Youth is the substance abuse prevention alliance. The community coalition consists of multiple organizations and individuals from the area including health care professionals.
Great Falls is not immune to the issue as Stroop says prescription drug abuse has been on the rise in Montana.
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Public health officials say that drug poisoning deaths are the third-leading cause of fatalities in Montana and that in the U.S. there are more drug-related deaths from prescription opioids than automobile crashes.
It's statistics like these that prompt organizations like Alliance For Youth in Great Falls to find a way to combat the problem. Program Manager Kristy Stroop says one aspect of Alliance For Youth is the Substance Abuse Prevention Alliance.
The community coalition consists of multiple organizations and individuals from the area, including health care professionals, EMS workers and law enforcement.
Great Falls is not immune to the crisis as Stroop says prescription drug abuse has been on the rise in Montana. She says one way of combating the issue is continuing to work on the comprehensive statewide Opioid Strategic plan.
The current plan was developed from a three-year U.S. Centers for Disease Control grant through the Montana Department of Health and Human Services DPHHS and works with organizations from around the state to go beyond raising awareness and look into effective strategies that combat prescription drug abuse.
"We're kind of looking at five different prongs to that strategic plan I guess is what you would say, and that is prevention, treatment, enforcement, monitoring and also looking at how we can build more community-based and family based programs and responses," said Stroop.
President Trump proposed $28.8 billion in drug control efforts in the 2018 budget in May. Stroop says she hopes the state's plan gains additional funding resources through the administration's efforts in fighting the opioid crisis.