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Listening Sessions Planned To Assess The Impact Of Substance Abuse

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The Montana Healthcare Foundation announced today a series of listening sessions across the state to assess the impact of substance abuse on Montana communities.

Earlier this year, Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox launched Aid Montana, a statewide initiative combining enforcement, treatment and education efforts to tackle drug abuse. 

The Department of Justice and the Montana Healthcare Foundation will convene a summit this fall to build a substance abuse prevention strategy from the input of the listening sessions. In 2016, the Montana Office of Rural Health surveyed communities around 16 rural hospitals. Substance abuse was identified as the top health concern overall.

Listening sessions will take place over the next two months across the state:

Butte: Friday, June 9 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Comfort Inn (2777 Harrison Avenue).

Kalispell:Thursday, June 22 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn (1840 US Highway 93 South).

Billings: Thursday, July 20 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Doubletree by Hilton (27 North 27th Street).

Havre: Friday, July 21 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Havre Inn and Suites (1425 US Highway 2 NW).

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Beau is UM School of Journalism reporter. He reads the news on Montana Public Radio two nights a week.