Drug Overdose Deaths Among Minnesota Residents, 2000-2017
While Minnesota is experiencing a tragic public health, drug overdose epidemic, we know that drug overdose and its consequences are preventable. This reports highlights overdose death data by various geographic and demographic variables, but we need to set our sights on all Minnesotans who are affected by drug overdose, and all communities where substance abuse leads to personal, family and community suffering.
Preventing inappropriate use of opioids, and reducing substance use disorders, requires a public health approach. That means not only addressing how we manage pain, but also how we support communities and people in addressing the root causes of substance use disorders, which go far beyond the individual person, specific substance or distinct community.
State agencies play an important role in addressing the drug overdose epidemic; however, the solutions will require an ongoing response from multiple stakeholders including:
- Federal and tribal governments
- Local public health
- Opioid prescribers
- Medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment systems
- Patients, families and communities.
Mental health and substance use issues are often entangled with each other and the outcomes can range from mild to severe. People and their families who are struggling with substance use disorders and/or mental health problems should know that hope, help and healing are available across a continuum of effective treatment and support services.
Opioid Dashboard – is a one-stop shop for all statewide data related to opioid use, misuse, and overdose death prevention.
Opioid Misuse, Substance Use Disorder, and Overdose Prevention State Plan – Preventing opioid overdose death in Minnesota requires multi-sector collaboration with action along the drug pathway from manufacturing, marketing, prescribing, dispensing, using, disposing, treatment, and recovery.
Expanding Naloxone Access for Preventing Opioid Overdose – In 2016, the Minnesota Legislature responded to the continued increase in statewide opioid overdoses by passing Session Law, Chapter 124. One of the goals of this legislation is to increase the availability of naloxone through pharmacies across Minnesota.