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.
Governor 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 on Tuesday 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 OxyContin.
Consul General of Canada in Denver Stéphane 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.”
Some 130 people registered for the conference which wrapped up on Tuesday evening.