Minnesota Department of Health: Minnesota looking to expand on successful local strategy for fighting opioid crisis

EXCERPT: “The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Opioid Prevention Pilot Project involves eight communities across the state. Based on six months of data, these communities are expected to cut patient pill use by nearly 765,000 pills per year. In addition, 147 patients are receiving care for opioid use disorder, and Greater Minnesota now has 21 new providers of medication-assisted treatment, which uses medicines that help prevent withdrawal symptoms . . . Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed budget includes funds to offer grants to up to 20 additional communities. The proposal also includes support for fatality review teams in local communities, culturally competent services incorporating traditional American Indian healing, resources to connect patients to treatment through increased screening, access to life-saving naloxone, expanded treatment access for those in correctional facilities, and funding for medication-assisted treatment.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2TCUtPz