- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A group of lawmakers studying how to prevent drug abuse in South Dakota is set to meet at the Capitol in Pierre.

The Substance Abuse Prevention Interim Study Committee is scheduled to meet next week. Republican Sen. Jim White is leading the group.

The group will hear from former U.S. attorney from North Dakota Timothy Purdon. The study committee will also take testimony from the public about meth use on Native American reservations and opioid use.

The studies can develop into concrete legislation, such as the major road and bridge funding hike lawmakers passed in 2015 that came out of a summer study group on highway needs.

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