Legislative Response to the Crisis and the Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council
Minnesota passed opioid legislation in 2019, HF 400, that required all funds received by the state as a result of an opioid-related lawsuit or settlement be used for opioid abatement. Prior to the passage of this law, settlement and lawsuit recoveries were required to be sent to the state’s General Fund. The law also created the Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council (OERAC), which will oversee and distribute much of the money collected as a result of the settlements discussed above.
Additional information on the Council can be found here.
Investigations and lawsuits alone cannot stop the addiction crisis. The Attorney General’s Office previously issued a report about the opioid epidemic. This report included a number of legislative proposals to expand substance abuse treatment and prevent opioid misuse and diversion; some have been enacted into law by the Minnesota Legislature and others have not.
Minnesota Attorney General’s Office opioids contact information:
Telephone: (612) 429-7126