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Lt. Governor kicks off 'Building Bridges' campaign to fight opioid epidemic

Lawmakers, judges and leaders in the medical community came together to work on a solution to the problem Thursday. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - Substance abuse continues to be a major problem in every community here in Mid-Michigan.

Lawmakers, judges and leaders in the medical community came together to work on a solution to the problem Thursday.

It's called the Building Bridges campaign and it's goal is to bring professionals together to train the community on identifying and treating substance abuse.

With the growing opioid problem in our area lawmakers say there is an urgent need to do something.

"When we think about addiction, the biology of addiction, what's happening inside their brain when they're addicted and then we treat those factors, people that have access to medically assisted treatment tend to recover at a much higher percentage than those who don't," said Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

This was the first of many events like this that will be planned throughout Michigan.

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