The Trump administration is strongly committed to providing faith leaders with the tools to help fight against drug addiction in rural areas, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll wrote in Christianity Today on Wednesday.
After acknowledging that a survey estimates that almost half the adults in rural areas have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis, Carroll laid out what he said were the steps the Trump administration has taken to deal with the problem.
He said that efforts have been focused on creating tools to empower rural leaders to take action in the belief that the most effective answers to battling addiction are built at a community level.
One such example is the Community Assessment Tool, which Carroll said provides rural areas "with comprehensive data and information that allows local law enforcement and community leaders to target and address the areas of greatest need."
Carroll said that a Rural Community Action Guide has also provided the details of what steps to pursue in order to address the problems, including "specific actions that faith leaders can take to support families with drug use prevention, treatment, and recovery needs."
The director explained that helping to round out the possibility of dealing with the problem is the Rural Community Toolbox.
This program enables leaders to find the money needed to tackle the crisis by providing details on all federal funding opportunities for combating drug addiction in one website.
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