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State announces comprehensive substance abuse strategy

DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson (center) announces the release of the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Minnesota State Capitol. She was joined by (left to right) Minnesota Tenth Judicial District Judge Robert G. Rancourt, DHS Drug Abuse Strategy Officer Carol Falkowski, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman and Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy. Not pictured: Dr. David Frenz, Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom, Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey and Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom.

DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced the first-ever statewide plan to tackle substance abuse and addiction in Minnesota Thursday, Sept. 13, at the State Capitol. The Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy (PDF) calls for a multi-agency, multi-faceted approach to prevent and address the far-reaching impacts of drug and alcohol abuse.

The strategy was developed in collaboration with the state departments of Corrections, Education, Health and Public Safety as well as the State Judicial Board, Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Board of Pharmacy. Short-term recommendations in the strategy address the rapid growth in prescription opiate and heroin abuse. Long-term policy recommendations balance prevention, intervention, and treatment and recovery support services to reduce all substance abuse.

“Substance abuse is a serious and costly issue that affects us all,” Jesson said. “The long-term and immediate steps recommended in this comprehensive strategy will help save lives and dollars by making our prevention and treatment efforts more efficient and effective.”

State leaders, substance abuse experts and medical professionals will discuss the strategy at community meetings in Duluth and Rochester in November. More information about the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy is available in a news release.


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