LA GRANDE — A respite detox center — where people struggling with substance abuse would have temporary housing and receive care from licensed professionals — may be in La Grande’s future.

The establishment of a respite detox center is among the projects the city and Union County could direct funds they are receiving from a national opioid settlement, according to La Grande City Manager Robert Strope. The opioid funding became available after the state of Oregon reached an agreement on a national lawsuit against four companies in 2021 for their role in the opioid crisis.

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Dick Mason is a reporter with The Observer. Contact him at {span data-sheets-value=”{“ data-sheets-userformat=”{“}541-624-6016{/span} or dmason@lagrandeobserver.com.

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