Federal grant will help Minnesota tackle opioid epidemic

Close-up of man boiling heroin in spoon while holding a syringe in his hand

(St. Paul, MN) – A federal grant will be used to help Minnesotans struggling with the opioid crisis that is plaguing the state.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services says that more than $17.7 million in federal funding will be used to help  combat the opioid epidemic.  The State Opioid Response grant will provide $8,870,906 per year for the next two years.  The funds will be used to provide life-saving treatments quickly, reduce overdose deaths, and to prevent opioid addiction in the state’s most vulnerable communities.

The funding will be distributed to Minnesota counties through grants that will expand services to new areas, and increase the availability of drugs such as Naloxone, an emergency response drug.

About 50,000 Minnesotans received treatment for substance abuse in 2017.  More than 11,000 hospital admissions were due to heroin and other opioids.  In 2008, there were 10 deaths due to opioids.  In 2017, the number increased to 401.

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