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Initiative looks to fight youth opioid crisis in Meramec region

The Meramec Regional Planning Commision is trying to fight the abuse of opioid by area youth.

Jane Johnannsen is the program coordinator for the Opioid Affected Youth Initiative and a Steelville native.

She says the commission got the initiative underway with a $997,000 grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency.

Johannsen says their first step in getting the initiative underway is convening a consortium.

Johannsen lays out the timeline for bringing the consortium together, designing and implementing a plan.

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