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Opioid Conference St. Gabriel's Hospital

LITTLE FALLS -- Sometimes, it takes nothing short of a bona fide crisis to bring people of disparate views and backgrounds together, even if they agree on little else. Green Party hopefuls, red Republican stalwarts, true blue DFLers -- and that’s just the politicos, to say nothing of the doctors, law enforcement officers, social workers and pharmacists who joined them Tuesday, July 31, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. Their topic of discussion: the opioid epidemic. It was a mixed event in more ways than one -- a time for candidates to present their solutions to the crisis, but more an opportunity to listen and learn from the care team of Morrison County’s opioid program, Project ECHO. That’s where the motley crew of local professionals came in.