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The opioid crisis kills more Minnesotans than car crashes.
One in five teens has used prescription medication to get high.
Over a five-year period, the number of opioid-related emergency room visits in Minnesota doubled.
It’s time to turn the tide on the opioid crisis. You don’t have to go far to see how this epidemic affects your neighbors, loved ones and friends; it touches every Minnesota community.
44% of Americans
say they know someone who has been addicted to prescription pain killers
Minnesota’s hospitals are working within our walls to turn the tide of the opioid crisis in our communities through:
Pain management alternatives that effectively and safely treat pain.
Safe prescribing guidelines that ensure patients who need opioid medications receive an appropriate amount.
Educating patients about safe disposal of opioid medications to prevent problems before they occur.
Hospitals cannot reverse the opioid crisis alone.
It will take a statewide solution. Here’s how we can turn the tide:
Implement stronger guidelines for prescribing opioids
Curbing the opioid crisis starts in our hospitals and clinics. That’s why hospitals are taking responsibility by using alternative pain management solutions and stronger guidelines for prescribing opioids, as well as striving toward opioid-free emergency departments.
Partner with community leaders
Reducing the detrimental effects of the opioid crisis on Minnesota’s families will require a community wide approach. When medical, education, faith and law enforcement communities come together, we can create better, more integrated solutions.
Get the word out about safe medication disposal
By educating local communities about safe medication disposal, we can stop the spread of the opioid crisis.
Treat substance use disorder as an illness
We must recognize substance use disorder as what it is: an illness. Minnesota’s hospitals believe substance use disorder should be treated with health care and community resources, not a jail cell.
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