Dayton to Propose New Plans to Tackle Opioid Epidemic in Minnesota

February 14, 2018 04:49 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton will announce a new proposal for addressing the state's opioid epidemic Wednesday.

Minnesota saw 395 opioid-related deaths in 2016, which is more than one death every day. That number just keeps climbing.

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It has been called a crisis and an epidemic and it's grabbing a lot of attention at the state level and nationwide.

In October, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency.

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On Tuesday, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was at the White House briefing the president on the opioid crisis in Minnesota and nationally.

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Stanek and his deputies have been working with local departments to train officers on using Naloxone, the life-saving opioid antidote.

Naloxone was used hundreds of times last year, but still 162 people suffered opioid-related-deaths in Hennepin County alone and that's just what preliminary data shows. That number is expected to rise.

Just a couple months ago, Dayton unveiled new guidelines for doctors and dentists prescribing opioids. The guidelines limit the doses doctors can prescribe for acute pain and calls for closer monitoring of patients after that pain period. Physicians who don't follow those guidelines will start seeing reports in their prescription history, starting this year.

Dayton planned to announce another new plan Wednesday with several lawmakers and health experts on hand.

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