Today the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Business Partnership released a toolkit to help employers fight opioids.

Here’s the information.

The toolkit includes information on five concrete actions employers can take to prevent and address drug among employees:

  • Change the conversation around opioid use disorder and reduce stigma
  • Promote safe use, storage and disposal of controlled substances
  • Prepare for overdose emergencies with naloxone access and training
  • Access help for those who are dependent on or addicted to opioids
  • Support wellness of all employees and be a recovery-friendly workplace

The toolkit also has sample social media messages, e-mails and flyers employers can customize and distribute to employees . According to the U.S. Surgeon General, treatment for substance use disorders is highly effective. However, many people only enter treatment after a crisis. The Opioid Epidemic Response: Employer Toolkit provides employers with a chance to intervene early before a crisis occurs. In 2017, Minnesota recorded 401 opioid-involved deaths and 694 drug overdose deaths, according to preliminary data. In 2016, there were 395 opioid-involved overdose deaths in Minnesota—a rate of 7.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Minnesota’s rate of deaths has risen dramatically since 2000, when it was 1.1 deaths per 100,000 residents.


Established in 1985, the Minnesota Council of Health Plans is an association of licensed nonprofit health plans that includes: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, Hennepin Health, Medica, PreferredOne, Sanford Health Plan and UCare.

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