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Working Together to End the Opioid Epidemic

In order to address the opioid crisis gripping the state, the Minnesota Department of Human Services is working with state and community partners to increase awareness, decrease the number of persons who develop opioid use disorder and reduce the harms resulting from opioid addiction.

icon4-hands2019 Opiate Epidemic Response law

In 2019, Governor Tim Walz signed the Opiate Epidemic Response into law. The bill secures sustainable funding to fight the opioid crisis. In addition, the bill established the Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council to develop and implement a comprehensive and effective statewide effort to address the opioid epidemic in Minnesota.

icon1-compassEfforts to date: Attacking the problem from all angles

As the state authority on substance abuse disorder prevention and treatment, the Department of Human Services has a big role in tackling this problem. 

DHS efforts include:

icon3-gearsMaking it work: A coordinated response

Solutions to the opioid crisis cuts across a number of State agencies and boards (PDF). It is critical that we coordinate and collaborate as we work together to end the crisis.

DHS coordinates two groups:



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