Why does Minnesota
have an opioid crisis?
More Minnesotans die from opioid overdoses than car crashes. Over a five-year period, the number of opioid-related hospital visits doubled. Today, more than four in 10 Americans know someone who has been addicted to opioid painkillers.
While local law enforcement, hospitals and community service organizations are responding locally to the opioid crisis in their communities, huge pharmaceutical companies profit from the epidemic that they helped create. For years, these big drug companies have misinformed doctors and patients about opioids by marketing them as an effective pain treatment without risk for addiction. Enough is enough.
Minnesota’s hospitals cannot heal the damage done by the opioid crisis alone. Meaningful progress will require lawmakers to create a statewide solution.
You can help us turn the tide on the opioid epidemic. Sign the pledge at mnhc.us/turnthetideMN