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Where to find help for addiction, according to Kandiyohi County officials

Kandiyohi County officials say the area is experiencing a steep rise in the use of illegal substances.

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WILLMAR — To address a steep increase locally in the use of illegal substances, Kandiyohi County Public Health and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office recommend that children hear about the dangers of drugs at an early age.

According to a joint news release, a caring adult should speak to children, starting at a young age, about the dangers of experimenting with substances.

More than 100,000 people died of drug overdoses driven by fentanyl in 2021, and the fastest-growing group affected by it is a sector 19 years old and younger, according to the news release.

Fentanyl seizures, which were previously rare in the west central Minnesota area served by the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force, have become more commonplace, but methamphetamine is still "king," task force representatives told the Willmar City Council during a presentation earlier this week.

Substance use services in the local area include the following:

Jennifer Kotila is a reporter for West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota. She focuses on local government, specifically the City of Willmar, and business.

She can be reached via email at: jkotila@wctrib.com or phone at 320-214-4339.
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