Today, Governor Tim Walz hosted a ceremonial bill signing for new legislation to create an Opiate Epidemic Response Account.
“Today is a great day for those struggling with opioid addiction, their families and supporters, for their advocates here at the capitol,” said Senator Julie Rosen (R-Vernon Center), chief author of the bill. “For years, countless people have weighed in on how to address opioid addiction and they deserve all the thanks today for their tireless efforts.
“This bill is a good start but there is still more work to do. We must continue to support law enforcement as they work to identify and curb illicit drug distribution and use. The medical professional and pharmaceuticals need to stay at the table to monitor the effects of these laws to stop opioid addiction. We have a moral imperative to deliver results and stem the devastation of opioid abuse and addiction for Minnesotans,” concluded Rosen.
The Opiate Epidemic Response Account will invest in innovative treatment and social service programs, improve public awareness, and apply stronger rules to prescriptions and refills. The account will be funded by $21 million in fees collected from pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. The fee changes to fund the account go into effect today.