Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Announces $319,843 United States Department of Agriculture Grant for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Aug 29, 2018
Press Release
The USDA grant funding will be used for cultural responses to healing trauma, fighting opioids, and unlocking the potential of Native American youth.

[WASHINGTON D.C.] Congressman Rick Nolan today announced that the Fond du Lac Tribal Community College will be the recipient of a $319,843 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to engage youth, battle opioid addiction, and preserve culture.

Nolan noted that the proposed project, Cultural Responses to Healing Trauma, Fighting Opioids, and Unlocking the Potential of Native American Youth, is an attempt to engage the youth in a culture-based, community-level prevention program that will help address the growing opioid epidemic in addition to mental and behavioral health risks while also teaching them about their culture.

“This announcement comes as great news for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and the surrounding region,” Nolan said. It’s critical that we educate our youth about the risk factors of opioid use and abuse. The program will do exactly that and also serve as a conduit to connect Fond du Lac Band members and surrounding communities to important resources, social networks, and Ojibwe culture,” Nolan added.

Nolan also pointed out that the program will help engage youth that might not otherwise have any contact with the Ojibwe culture.

Earlier this year, Nolan opened a new front in the battle against opioid addiction and abuse, releasing draft legislation, the Opioid Advertising and Prescriber Prohibition Act of 2018, that would ban direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical company advertising of opioid drugs and opioid receptor antagonists (which are prescribed to treat the side effects of opioids). The measure, which is still in draft form, would also prohibit pharmaceutical companies or their agents from promoting these products to health care providers. To view the full press release click here.

The hard cold fact is that over the years, the advertising of opioid pain killers and related drugs to doctors and patients – beginning with OxyContin in the mid 1990’s – has helped bring us to the point where there are nearly 43,000 opioid-linked drug fatalities in the United States every year,” Nolan pointed out. “That is more deaths than from breast cancer, vehicle crashes or gun violence.”

“This epidemic crosses every regional, racial and ethnic divide. While opioid pain killers must continue to be available to patients who need them, carefully monitored by a doctor’s prescription, it’s time to prohibit pharmaceutical companies from spending billions of dollars encouraging the widespread use of these powerful and dangerous medications through advertising.”