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Alpena Community College receives grant to fight opioid epidemic

ALPENA, MI — The state of Michigan, specifically rural communities, have been heavily affected by the opioid epidemic in recent years. Alpena, and other communities on the sunrise side are now getting some help to combat the problem.

Jason Allen, State Director of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Division, says anyone in northeast Michigan is welcome to the resources.

“The objective of this grant was received in our telemedicine area is to assist with the opioid crisis that is occurring in much of rural America. These grant dollars will connect multiple counties in northeast Michigan to help them to be able to have staff trained to help them to be able to provide access to additional services in areas that are struggling to get appropriate treatment.”

President of Alpena Community College, Don MacMaster, says equipment is expected to be installed in the next three to six months.

The resource will be open to all northeast Michigan residents, including non–students.