The Region Nine Development Commission is inviting the public to attend their upcoming Legislative and Communications Committee meeting to learn more about the opioid epidemic much of Minnesota is experiencing.

Executive Director Nicole Griensewic-Mickelson says Marnie Warner, Vice President of Research for the Center for Rural Policy will, “Be talking about research that they just came out with on substance abuse, and the report’s title is ‘It’s an Addiction Crisis: Across Minnesota, the ‘opioid crisis’ is so much more than just opioids.'”

Minnesota State University Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science will also present, “On substance abuse with mental health prevention strategies and action-oriented next steps for the region.”

The meeting is Wednesday beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the South Central Service Cooperative in North Mankato.