Opioid addiction is an enormous and frightening challenge for the entire country. The potential impacts to Minnesota cities include an array of significant, direct, and indirect costs to public health and public safety resources. To help cities deal with this issue, the League has compiled a list of reliable resources created by organizations with expertise and experience in this area.
The League will continue to watch this issue and update this list as necessary. If you have a story to share or a request for more resources, please contact the League at email@example.com.
The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office joined a multi-state settlement with opioid distributors in the summer of 2021. The total amount of this settlement is $26 billion and requires state and local governments to use most of the money on abatement activities. Minnesota’s share could be as much as $337 million over a period of several years. Cities with populations over 10,000 are being asked to sign on to the national settlement by Jan. 2, 2022.
Learn more from these resources:
- Listen to an Association of Minnesota Counties webinar about the settlement (June 6, 2022)
- Read about the settlement on the League’s website
- Get more information on the Attorney General’s website
- Listen to a League webinar about the settlement
- Minnesota Opioid Settlement — Letter From Attorney General (pdf)
- Minnesota Opioid Settlement Executive Summary (pdf)
- Minnesota Opioid State-Subdivision Memorandum of Agreement (pdf)
- Minnesota Opioid State-Subdivision Agreement Overview (pdf)
- Minnesota Opioid State-Subdivision Agreement FAQ (pdf)
- Minnesota Opioid Settlement Allocation Agreement FAQ (pdf)
- Minnesota Opioid Settlement Checklist (pdf)
- Model Resolution Authorizing Participation In Opioid Litigation Settlement (doc)
State of Minnesota
- Minnesota Attorney General’s Office information about the opioid settlement
- Minnesota Attorney General Press release for agreement with major opioid manufacturer and distributors
- Minnesota Attorney General Press release for agreement with Sackler Family and Purdue Pharma
- Minnesota Department of Health Opioid Dashboard
- Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (OD Map)
This program links first responders and relevant record management systems to a mapping tool to track overdoses to stimulate real-time response and strategic analysis across jurisdictions.
- To use OD Map, Minnesota agencies should contact the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Minnesota Department of Human Services: “Working Together to End the Opioid Epidemic”
- Free naloxone kits and training for first responders. This initiative is a program of the Minnesota Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) Team and the Minnesota Department of Public Health.
- Association of Minnesota Counties, Opioid Settlement Resources and Information
- Hennepin County
- Ramsey County Coalition
- Anoka County
- St. Louis County
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- US Department of Agriculture: “Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse” (pdf)
- Office of National Drug Control Policy
State and national municipal leagues
- National League of Cities/National Association of Counties: “A Prescription for Action”
- Michigan Municipal League
- North Carolina League of Municipalities
- Maryland Municipal League
- Massachusetts Municipal Association: An Obligation to Lead (pdf)