Minnesota community successfully combats opioid epidemic
A hospital prescription bottle was found at the scene of an overdose. In a county of just over 30,000 residents, one of the community’s four pharmacies alone filled 40,000 narcotic pill prescriptions every single month.
Staff members at CHI St. Gabriel’s Health knew they had to do something.
“We see an overdose death every three months in our county,” said Dr. Kurt Devine, a physician at CHI St. Gabriel’s in Little Falls, Minnesota. “That’s devastating, and the reality is that it’s preventable.”