Addiction committee considers support for programs

A committee addressing drug addiction in Minot is contemplating a needle exchange program and stronger support for recovery programs.

The Minot Mayor’s Committee on Addiction met Tuesday to discuss progress being made by subcommittees. The meeting drew additional members of the community who have been learning about the committee’s work and have ideas to offer.

A subcommittee will be meeting Oct. 3 to discuss a needle exchange program. The subcommittee also has discussed take-back medication programs, public lock boxes for sharp containers.

It was reported Minot has drop-off stations for unneeded prescription medications at the Minot Police Department, Ward County Sheriff’s Office, Thrifty White Drug and and a new location in MarketPlace Foods on North Hill. Pills should be removed from bottles with identifying information and placed in bags before being deposited.

New Life Fellowship announced it is starting an aftercare program known as the Minot Transformation Project. The program will offer faith-based support to people who need both medical and emotional support, similar to Adult & Teen Challenge.

The subcommittee on aftercare will be meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Minot Public School Administration Building. Clergy, in particularly, are encouraged to attend this meeting.

All committee and subcommittee meetings are open to the public. The next committee meeting will be Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall.