Minnesotans are drinking themselves to death at an unprecedented rate. (Minnesota Reformer, Christopher Ingraham, September 22, 2022)
"The 1,162 alcohol deaths in the latest CDC data would make drinking the 9th-leading cause of death in the state in 2021..."
Fentanyl From the Government? A Vancouver Experiment Aims to Stop Overdoses. (New York Times, Stephanie Nolen, July 26, 2022).
"A city on the forefront of harm reduction has taken the concept to a new level in an effort to address the growing toxicity of street drugs."
Biden's Drug Czar Is Leading the Charge for a 'Harm Reduction' Approach. (New York Times, Noah Weiland, July 26, 2022)
"Experts describe the president's drug control strategy as the most progressive since Richard Nixon appointmed the nation's first drug czar in 1971."
American Cartel: Inside the battle to bring down the opioid industry. (Washington Post, Scott Higham & Sari Horwitz, July 7, 2022)
"Most people don’t know the real story of the opioid epidemic. It’s not solely about Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family. It’s about how a constellation of drug companies went after the DEA, and how the DEA lost that war, not to the cartels, but to lobbyists and lawmakers and K Street attorneys."
12 Americans Die of an Overdose Every Hour. We Have the Knowledge to Prevent That. (New York Times, Jeneen Interlandi, June 24, 2022
"Basic science and decades of failed policy have long since made clear that addiction is a legitimate medical condition — a chronic relapsing brain disorder, to be precise — and that it’s often triggered (or exacerbated) by mental illness or by social forces like poverty and childhood trauma. But the systems by which this disorder is treated have yet to shift accordingly."
Police warn public after 9 opioid overdoses in St. Paul over 24 hours. (Fox News, June 9, 2022)
"The alert is a reminder of the dangers of using street drugs. If you have access to naloxone, the opioid antidote, police say you should carry it with you."
Minnesota Boosts State’s Capacity to Evaluate Effectiveness of Agency Programs (The PEW Charitable Trusts, April 28, 2022)
"Minnesota has expanded its internal capacity to evaluate programs and guide their improvement to ensure better public outcomes with the creation of the state’s Impact Evaluation Unit."
New National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Dial Code Changes to 9-8-8 (Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
Effective July 16, 2022 the new three digit dial code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will be 9-8-8. Many states have already adopted this change and "the current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 is launched nationally."