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Minnesota launches landmark opioid response law

Fees on drugmakers will fund treatment programs


Jim Mone – Associated Press

Gov. Tim Walz praised the sweeping new law as a "visionary piece of legislation" that was "many tragedies and heartbreaks in the making."

Minnesota officials are taking the first steps to implement a landmark law to fight the opioid epidemic, opening applications for a new state panel to dole out tens of millions of dollars for addiction prevention and recovery.

The law, which took effect Monday, is expected to raise $20 million a year to fight opioid addiction by sharply raising fees on the companies that make powerful prescription painkillers. Supporters say Minnesota is the first state to establish a separate state fund dedicated to the treatment of opioid addiction.


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