International Overdose Awareness Day

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, an opportunity to remember those who lost their lives from a drug overdose. In 2021 in Minnesota, there were:

– 924 all opioid-involved deaths

– 834 synthetic opioid-involved deaths (fentanyl and fentanyl analogs)

– 454 psychostimulant-involved (e.g. methamphetamine) deaths

– 154 other opioids and methadone deaths (commonly prescribed opioids)

Governor Tim Walz also released a proclamation recognizing the impact of overdose deaths on people across Minnesota.

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