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Nord Family Foundation awards $200,000 grant for opioid study


AMHERST — The Nord Family Foundation announced Thursday that it is awarding a $200,000 grant to conduct a systems audit to help the county address the opioid crisis.

The foundation has hired the Michigan-based Altarum Institute to conduct the review, which will include identifying existing service for treatment and recovery, according to a news release.

“Making use of mapping technology, the project will develop a countywide geographic information system (GIS) maps that display treatment and recovery services available in different areas of the county, making it easier to identify which areas have some access to services and which areas are in more dire need,” the release said.

The study also will examine how the opioid crisis affects such things as the economy, local government resources, treatment programs and children and families.

The release said the initiative was prompted by a meeting in June with various groups dealing with the opioid epidemic, including law enforcement, the Lorain County Recovery Court and treatment organizations.

“Unfortunately, this epidemic has now become a rapidly growing cancer that has spread its negative impact into almost every segment of our community,” Don Sheldon, a Nord Center trustee, said in the release. “As with cancer, there is no single simple cure. As with cancer, we must attack it on every front if we are to successfully treat it and keep it from growing back. A team approach with all the experts working together across the entire continuum of care will give us our best shot at reviving our community and controlling this epidemic. Collecting the data and developing a coordinated plan are the first critical steps necessary in addressing this crisis. This initiative will help all of us accomplish that together as a team.”

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