Walz Signs Bipartisan Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Minnesota Ag Connection - 05/23/2019
Governor Tim Walz signed H.F. 400 into law to help combat the opioid epidemic in Minnesota. Paid for by a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors, the law will provide local communities with the resources they need to address opioid addiction,
intervention, treatment, and recovery.
"The opioid epidemic is devastating communities across Minnesota--claiming lives and leaving heartbroken families in its wake," said Governor Walz. "This law will help more families access the treatment they need and prevent addiction in the first place."
The law will create an opioid stewardship fund paid for by a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors. A new advisory council is established to review and select grant projects paid for by the fund. The bill also creates prevention and education initiatives to
address opioid addiction, intervention, treatment, and recovery.
There will be a ceremonial bill signing of H.F. 400 in the near future.