ROCHESTER, Minn -- According to the Office of Governor Mark Dayton, in 2016, physicians wrote 47 opioid prescriptions for every 100 Minnesotans. By county, this figure ranged from as low as 16.9 in Dodge County to 145.5 in Wadena County.
In 2016, 395 Minnesotans died from opioid overdoses. This is an 18% increase from 2015.
The governor partnered with health care providerers to create guidelines for healthcare professionals to follow when deciding when to prescribe opioids, how much to prescribe, and how to monitor patients' usage of the drugs.
He also proposed a legislative plan to increase annual investing in opioid abuse prevention by $12 million.
This plan includes funding opioid-reversing drug naloxone for Minnesota first responders, improving treatment in correctional facilities, and investing in Minnesota's prescription monitoring program.