Though preliminary numbers show drug overdose deaths were down in Minnesota last year…

“We’re not declaring victory, one year’s change does not necessarily make a new trend, but we think there are definitely some encouraging signals here that we’re on the right track here in Minnesota to achieve our goal of ending the opioid crisis.”

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the good news is, all opioid deaths declined 22-percent from 2017 to 331 in 2018. And there was a 32-percent decrease in prescription opioid-involved deaths over the past year. However, synthetic opioids were linked to more deaths than prescription drugs for the first time–with 94-percent of those deaths involving fentanyl.