Minnesota Announces $16.6M in Grants to Fight Opioid Crisis

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota is investing $16.6 million in federal grant money toward efforts to combat opioid addiction across the state.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper announced the grants Friday.

State data shows that in 2008, less than 10 Minnesotans died from heroin overdoses. But the number of opioid overdoses has been on the rise since then. In 2016, there were 376 opioid-related deaths in the state.

The money will go to more than 30 agencies statewide including tribal governments, counties, and community organizations over the next three years. The goal is to put resources toward prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for substance abuse.

St. Louis County will get $675,000 and that will help with funding for a detox care unit; expanding the access to NARCAN throughout the region including training Northlanders on how to use it; and also help fund an office-based opioid treatment program.

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