- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The United States top drug policy official will visit Minot next week to release the White House’s counternarcotic strategy for the northern border that aims to reduce the flow of drugs into the U.S. from Canada.

Michael Botticelli is the acting director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy. Botticelli will be in Minot on Tuesday to release the White House’s 2014 Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy.

This the first time the anti-drug trafficking strategy will cite the booming Bakken oil region as an emerging threat.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says last year she brought the previous director to North Dakota to discuss ways to combat drug use and abuse in the region.

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