The Opiate Epidemic Response law
The Opiate Epidemic Response law is expected to raise $20 million annually through fees and for prescribers, drug manufacturers and distributors. The fees collected will go into an opiate epidemic response account established in the state government special revenue fund. This means there will be sustainable funding to fight the opioid epidemic and therefore more sustainable treatment and recovery services across the state.
The council will be made up of legislators from both bodies, tribal nations, state agency representatives, providers, advocates and individuals personally impacted by the opioid crisis, as well as representation from law enforcement, social service agencies and the judicial branch.
A full list of council seats can be found at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.
The commissioner of human services shall coordinate the commissioner’s appointments to provide geographic, racial and gender diversity, and shall ensure that at least one-half of council members appointed by the commissioner reside outside of the seven-county metropolitan area. Of the members appointed by the commissioner, to the extent practicable, at least one member must represent a community of color disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic.
The council shall convene at least quarterly, and may convene other meetings as necessary. The chair shall convene meetings at different locations in the state to provide geographical access, and shall ensure that at least one-half of the meetings are held at locations outside of the seven-county metropolitan area.