Addiction Policy Forum Minnesota Releases Plan to Address State’s Addiction Crisis

March 8, 2018 | Addiction Policy Forum
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Addiction Policy Forum Minnesota Releases Plan to Address State’s Addiction Crisis 


Minneapolis, Minnesota—The Minnesota chapter of Addiction Policy Forum, a nonprofit partnership of organizations, policymakers and stakeholders, released today a comprehensive blueprint to address the state’s addiction crisis. 

From 2000 to 2016, more than 500,000 people died from opioid-related drug overdoses in the United States, including more than 42,000 in 2016 alone. In Minnesota, there were 376 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016, with half of these deaths involving prescription opioids—up 18 percent from the previous year.

The blueprint released today is a response to the worsening public health crisis in the state.  The recommendations are the consensus effort of Minnesota experts, patients and families for building on the January 2017 DHS’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) recommendations  and other efforts in Minnesota to implement a comprehensive response to addiction.  

The plan outlines strategies to address shortcomings in key areas of addiction prevention and treatment. These include helping families in crisis, expanding treatment and recovery supports, and efforts to delay the age of drug and alcohol use among adolescents. 

“We are encouraged by the plan we are putting forth today,” said Jen Brovick, MN State Chair of Addiction Policy Forum, who lost her 19-year-old son to an opioid overdose, “People can and do recover from the disease of addiction, and in the process fractured families can rebuild, and communities across Minnesota can strengthen. The willingness of Minnesota to address this epidemic provides great hope for the future of our state.” 

The blueprint offers twenty-one specific recommendations to provide a comprehensive roadmap for Minnesota to address substance misuse and substance use disorders, with evidence-based practices and inter-agency stakeholder partnerships.

For the full blueprint, click here.

About Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
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