Idaho governor creates panel to help fight opioid abuse

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has taken another step in the battle against opioid abuse by forming a panel that will analyze where money should be spent to fight the problem.

Little on Thursday signed an executive order creating the Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Advisory Group.

The group will have 21 members and be comprised of state government officials, elected leaders, law enforcement officials, and medical experts.

Idaho is expected to get millions of dollars in federal grant money to fight opioid abuse as well as a potential payout from legal action the state is taking against Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma.

Medicaid expansion starts in Idaho in January, and Little, a Republican, says that should help with the state's opioid problem as well.

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