The strength of the African American community lies in connection – family, church, and other social bonds that help make sure no one struggles alone. But addiction – especially opioid addiction – cuts those lifelines, leaving its victims with only an insatiable need for the very drugs that are harming them.Brought to you by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MN DHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration urdupoetrywale in partnership with other state agencies participating in the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy.Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find “pure” drugs on the street – from heroin to meth or cocaine, it’s all cut with inexpensive but powerful synthetic drugs such as fentanyl. The same is true for counterfeit pills. Almost overnight, “party drugs” have become potentially lethal. Now, it’s up to each of us to know the dangers.

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