In outstate Minnesota, hospitals slash opioid prescriptions

Roughly 1.5 million fewer painkillers are being prescribed each year in nine rural Minnesota communities as a result of an ambitious collaboration to battle the rising problem of opioid overdoses.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported the reduction Tuesday at an event in Little Falls and called for new state grants to expand the approach.

“We are building a culture of prevention and effective treatment to tackle the opioid crisis in our state,” said state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

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