New bill looks to combat opioid addiction on college campuses

RAPID CITY S.D. — South Dakota’s congressional delegation is leading the fight against opioid addiction on college campuses.

Congressman Dusty Johnson is a co-sponsor of a bill which helps colleges treat and prevent alcohol and drug abuse. It’s called the ‘Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act of 2019.’ In the bill, there’s no new funding for treatment, but it prioritizes treating college students within the existing funding framework.

Johnson said that the bill’s main goal is to connect students on campus with resources for addition and treatment.

“We’re not doing as good of a job as we need to be about meeting these students on campus and connecting them with these resources that already exist, that we aren’t making sure they’re aware of,” said Johnson. “When you connect people to the resources, that’s how you make people healthier.”

The bill also works to coordinate mental health, substance abuse and campus health services. Johnson said an estimated 70,000 people die every year from drug overdoses.

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