There were more than 107,000 drug overdose deaths nationally in 2021. In Minnesota, drug overdose deaths increased 35% from 2020 to 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We must do better. Prescription opioids are no longer the primary contributor to the drug overdose epidemic, rather Illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin are now driving the surge in overdoses and overdose deaths.
MMA provides resources and tools to help prevent overdoses and overdose deaths, identify and treat opioid use disorder (OUD), practice harm reduction, and continue safer opioid prescribing.
The MMA has collected a helpful list of educational and treatment related guidelines and other resources from the Minnesota State Departments of Health, Human Services, Board of Medical Practice, Board of Pharmacy, and other state and federal entities for your use. Please check them out.
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