Community-based Solutions to the Opioid Crisis in Rural Minnesota
A Community Capacity Building Approach to Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Rural Counties Across Minnesota
Our mission is to work collaboratively with community partners in Aitkin, Itasca, Pine and North St. Louis Counties and Minnesota Tribal Nations to increase community capacity in addressing the opioid crisis.
The focus of this project is to develop and uplift community-based solutions to the opioid crisis and community capacity building with partners most impacted by the opioid crisis in rural Minnesota.
The approach of this project is to collectively build on existing partnerships with local, regional, state, and national agencies to enhance opioid prevention efforts and build systems and supports to reduce overdoses and expand understanding and options for treatment.
To effectively and sustainably address the opioid crisis in rural communities by providing supports and building capacity for individuals, families and communities. These supports (or their absence) are Recovery Capitals and when high, individuals and communities are better able to prevent opioid misuse and effectively maintain long-term recovery and sobriety.
This project brings together expertise from the University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Family Development and Center for Community Vitality, and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth and works cooperatively with dedicated local partners on the front line of facing the opioid crisis in rural Minnesota.
Community partners include Aitkin County Health & Human Services, Itasca County Health & Human Services, north St. Louis County Public Health, and Pine County Public Health & Human Services, as well as several Minnesota Tribal Nations, to promote community protective factors and reduce the impact of risk factors to prevent opioid use and support sustained recovery.
The project utilizes the theory of Recovery Capital as the basis of its work and will develop a local community leadership group of Change Makers, increased capacity in local recovery organizations, a Framework for assessing community Recovery Capital and a Toolkit for creating Recovery Capital in rural communities
In the News
2/14/19 Duluth News Tribune story, "$1.5 million in grants target opioids in rural northern Minnesota."
2/13/19 University of Minnesota Extension news story, "As opioid crisis continues, new grant connects communities to resources in Extension and College of Pharmacy."
12/27/18 Hinckley News front page news story, "County awarded grants to help fight opioid crisis."
12/27/18 Askov American news story, "County receives two grants for opioid recovery."
A resource site/presentation for pharmacists and providers who wish to learn more about factors that increase individuals' risk of opioid overdose, identify signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, and understand the pros and cons of different naloxone formulations. The presentation will review resources patients may use to access naloxone, describe legal considerations for prescribing and dispensing of naloxone in Minnesota, and discuss available naloxone and opioid resources for healthcare providers and patients. Go to naloxone webpage/ presentation