L&C County chosen as regional opioid education, addiction support hub

Nolan Lister

Lewis and Clark County is partnering with Montana Public Health Institute to offer opioid education and distribute naloxone, an opioid overdose medication, as a regional hub serving some of the largest counties in the state.

Lewis and Clark Public Health’s Community Health Promotion Administrator A.C. Rothenbuecher said the county applied and was selected to become one of six regional hubs as part of the pilot program with the aim of increasing access to life-saving resources for those experiencing opioid addiction and their families.

Rothenbuecher told the Lewis and Clark County Commissioners during their Tuesday meeting that she and the local public health office are “excited” about the program.

“I think it addresses what we know is going on in our county, what we know is going on in the state and nation,” she said. “It addresses the community feedback and the data in our community health assessment and our community health improvement plan around behavioral health.”

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The money for the program came from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration via Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and administered through Montana Public

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