The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reporting that in 2020, for every one drug overdose death, there were 14 non-fatal overdoses.  Jeremiah Gardner with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation says these deaths are preventable. He’s urging drug users to get naloxone…

“People using drugs and their families and friends should make sure to have it on hand just in case and administer it right away multiple times if needed, then call for help immediately and remember in Minnesota, there’s a good samaritan law that shields you from arrest when you make such a call.”

The MDH reports that statewide, emergency department visits for non-fatal drug overdoses continued to increase in 2020, and the increase was more pronounced in the seven-county Metro compared to Greater Minnesota.