Our Views: Opioid bill was a big step toward curbing epidemic
Lexi Reed Holtum speaks at a press conference at the Minnesota Capitol on Monday, July 1, 2019, about the death of her fiancé Steve Rummler, which came eight years to the day before a state law took effect in Minnesota, requiring drug companies to pay to help address the impacts of the opioid crisis.

This week, Gov. Tim Walz signed a bipartisan bill that takes the state’s first steps toward tackling the opioid epidemic ravaging Minnesota, and more acutely Greater Minnesota.

The bill creates higher registration fees on opioid manufacturers, which is expected to raise about $21 million annually, to fund prevention strategies, intervention, treatment and recovery. Some of those funds will also go to counties to reimburse them for increasing child protection costs, while also funding treatment for the state’s tribal communities.

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