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State Opioid Response: How Minnesota is Addressing the Crisis


According to data from the Minnesota Department of Health, drug overdose deaths attributed to opioids are still at a critical high. To address this issue, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, in coordination with the Health Care Administration and the Office of Indian Policy, was awarded State Opioid Response (SOR) funds through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The resulting initiative is designed to increase awareness and reduce deaths related to opioid overdose through prevention, treatment and recovery. Numerous community agencies throughout the State of Minnesota are now participating in this effort.


Resources for Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Minnesota

Current Grantee Programs

Opioid Action Plan

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Treatment Fast-Tracker

Naloxone Locations

Minnesota Opioid Disposal State Plan 

Minnesota Prevention Resource Center

Substance Use in Minnesota: A MN State Epidemiological Profile

Race Rate Disparity in Drug Overdose Death

Minnesota’s LGBTQ Communities: Epidemiological Profile of Substance Use and Related Factors


Other Resources

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Treatment Finder

Minnesota Fast-Tracker

Hotlines and Helplines

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 support

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Text 55753 to get support and information for your loved one struggling with substance abuse

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

1-800- 662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD):

SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (SAMHSA):

Comprehensive Resource for Families with a Teen or Young Adult Struggling with Opioid Use (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids):

Teaching Packets (NIDA):

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: A Planning and Implementation Toolkit:

One-Pagers / Flyers / Fact Sheets

Opioid Fact Sheet (CDC):

The Opioid Crisis – Impact on Native American Communities:

Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addiction (The National Reentry Resource Center):

A Primer on Opioids: The Critical Role of Health Education in Preventing Addiction and Saving Lives ( The Society for Public Health Education’s fact sheet to promote understanding of the health education approach to the opioid epidemic.

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids (https://addiction.surgeongeneral. gov/sites/default/files/Spotlight-onOpioids_09192018.pdf): Provides research, facts, and resources about the opioid epidemic and lists recommended actions to address it.

Professional Studies

U.S. Adults with Opioid Use Disorder Living With Children: Treatment Use and Barriers to Care: KA Feder, R. Mojtabai, RJ Musci and EJ Letourneau (Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Frequency and Associated Risk Factors of Non-Fatal Overdose Reported by Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder: Sarah M. Bagley, Howard Cabral, Kelley Saia, Alyssa Brown, Christine Lloyd-Travaglini, Alexander Y. Walley and Ruth Rose-Jacos (Addiction Science & Clinical Practice)

Youth and the Opioid Epidemic: Sharon Levy, American Academy of Pediatrics

The Effects of Opioid Addiction on the Black Community: Clairmont Griffith and Bernice La France (Department of Anesthesiology, Howard University Hospital and Howard University College of Medicine), Clayton Bacchus (Inner City Family Services in Affiliation with Howard University) and Gezzer Ortega (Department of Surgery, Howard University Hospital and Howard University College of Medicine).

Trends in Black and White Opioid Mortality in the United States, 1979-2015: Monica J. Alexander (Department of Demography, University of California Berkeley), Matthew V. Kiang (Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Magali Barbieri (Institut national d’etudes demographiques, Paris)

The Opioid Crisis in Black Communities: Keturah James (Yale Law School) and Ayana Jordan (Assistant Professor, Addiction Psychiatrist and Attending Physician at Yale University School of Medicine)

Sexual Orientation and Estimates of Adult Substance Use and Mental Health: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Grace Medley, Rachel N. Lipari and Jonaki Bose (SAMHSA); Devon S. Cribb, Larry A. Kroutil and Gretchen McHenry (RTI International)

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder among LGBTQ Populations: National LGBT Health Education Center, a Program of the Fenway Institute

Special Challenges for LGBTQ Addiction Treatment and Recovery: The Butler Center for Research

The Opioid Epidemic in Indian Country: Robin T. Tipps, Gregory T. Buzzard, John A. McDougall.

Opioids in Pregnancy and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Megan W. Stover, MD (The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts Medical Center) and Jonathan M. Davis, MD (The Department of Pediatrics and the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute).

Treating Pregnant Women Dependent on Opioids is Not The Same as Treating Pregnancy and Opioid Dependence: A Knowledge Synthesis For Better Treatment For Women And Neonates:Bernadette Winklbaur, Nina Kopf, Erika Jung, Kenneth Thau, Gabriele Fischer

Increase in Prescription Opioid Use During Pregnancy Among Medicaid-Enrolled Women: Rishi J. Desai, MS PhD; Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, MD DrPH; Brian T. Bateman, MD MSc and Krista F. Huybrechts, MS PhD


Naloxone: A Critical Tool to Fight the Opioid Crisis (University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy) –


Get Smart About Drugs

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) resource for parents, educators and caregivers.

Drug-Free Workplace

The LGBTQ Community and Addiction (Addiction Center) –

Stop Overdose ( Contains information for both professionals and non-professionals on opioid use disorders and overdose, including police-directed resources.

Get Smart About Drugs ( Provides information about substance use from the Drug Enforcement Administration for parents, educators, and caregivers.

Miscellaneous Media

Chasing the Dragon Documentary and Study Guide (DEA):

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic (PBS Newshour):

Local Recovery Groups and Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous ( Lists resources for those experiencing substance use disorders; helps individuals find and join a local chapter.

General Recovery Resources

Association of Recovery in Higher Education ( Supports collegiate recovery programs and collegiate recovery communities, the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them.

Faces and Voices of Recovery ( Serves as a leading national addiction recovery advocacy organization promoting policies that are grounded in science, compassion, and health.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) ( Offers tools and training materials for community, school, and family interventions and other substance use programming. Their “teen page” also provides information on how substances affect the brain and body in adolescence.

Young People in Recovery ( Provides training and networks to individuals, families, and communities to help them promote recovery and reach their full potential.

Resources for First Responders

Get Naloxone Now ( Contains interactive trainings on naloxone administration for professional first responders.

Harm Reduction Coalition ( Provides resources on naloxone distribution and partnering with law enforcement to advocate for individuals and communities affected by drugs.

National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Brief on Naloxone for Opioid Overdose ( Includes information and resources for those who may use naloxone to combat opioid overdoses in their work.

National Training and Technical Assistance Center: Naloxone Toolkit ( Offers information and resources for law enforcement agencies to establish a naloxone program.

Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders ( Provides a fact sheet with evidence-based recommendations for first responders when they encounter fentanyl during their daily activities.

Resources for Families and Affected Others