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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."

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