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Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy

Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy

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Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy
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MinnesotaStateSubstance Abuse Strategy 
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The Minnesota Substance Abuse Strategy wasdeveloped in 2012 under the leadership o theMinnesota Department o Human Servicesin partnership with theDepartment o Education,Department o Health,Department o Public Saety,State Judicial Branch,Department o Corrections,Department o Military Aairs/Minnesota National Guard andMinnesota Board o Pharmacy.
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I V Guiding Principles ..........................................................46
 A. Collaboration..............................................................................46B. Prevention and Early Intervention Work Best ..................................46C. Reduce Health Disparities and Promote Cultural Competence ..........46D. Sustain a Continuum o Services ...................................................47 E. An Integrated Approach to Service Delivery in Health Care ............47 F. Substance Use Disorders are Treatable ...........................................47 G. Recovery is Possible ....................................................................47 
 V Immediate Policy Priorities: Prescription Opiate andHeroin Abuse and Addiction ..........................................48 VI Strategies: A Blueprint for the Future ..............................48
 A. Strengthen prevention eorts within and across communities .........48B. Create more opportunities or early intervention in health careand other settings.......................................................................49C. Integrate the identifcation and treatment o substance usedisorders into health care reorm eorts .......................................49D. Expand support or recovery ........................................................49E. Interrupt the cycle o substance abuse, crime and incarceration .......49F. Reduce trafcking, production, and sale o illegal drugsin Minnesota .............................................................................49G. Measure with accurate and timely data the emerging natureand extent o substance abuse and scientifcally evaluatethe results o various interventions ...............................................49 APPENDIX ......................................................................................51 
 
 
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Executive Summary 
Substance abuse, untreated addiction, underage drinking and tobacco use have a signicant and costly impact on thehealth, well-being and public saety o our state and nation.Substance abuse and underage drinking negatively aectadolescent development, academic perormance, gainulemployment and social relationships. They are linked toincreased crime, illnesses, child abuse and neglect, unwantedpregnancies, birth deects, accidental injuries, motorvehicle crashes and atalities and accidental overdose deaths.Substance abuse, untreated addiction, underage drinking and tobacco use all signicantly contribute to increasedhealth care costs that are borne largely at public expense.Because responding to the multi-aceted, ar reach o substance abuse extends beyond the purview o any single state agency, it is critical that Minnesota develop a collaborative and comprehensive multi-agency approach.Thus, in order to eectively and eciently address the issue,the development o this statewide substance abuse strategy involved the input o multiple state agencies over the courseo many months.This Minnesota Substance Abuse Strategy is designed to helpmake Minnesota a healthier, saer and stronger state. It isbased on the knowledge that addiction is a treatable disease,that a continuum o care is needed to eectively addressthe needs o individuals, amilies and communities aectedby substance abuse and addiction; and that the nature o addiction specialty services will change as they become moreintegrated into the broader health care system. It is guidedby the shared principles o collaboration and community/cultural responsiveness and competence, and inormedby the proven eectiveness o prevention, treatment andrecovery services.This document describes the current substance abusesituation in Minnesota and the associated activities o variousMinnesota state agencies. In response to the escalating publichealth and saety threat that stems rom the unprecedentedabuse o prescription drugs and heroin in Minnesota, it outlinesan immediate, priority policy plan o action. To guide utureeorts to address substance abuse in Minnesota, it sets orth a long-term strategy - a blueprint or the uture. Below are thedening elements o the Minnesota Substance Abuse Strategy:
Strengthen prevention eorts within and across communities.Preventing substance abuse beore it happens saves lives andcuts long-term costs.
Create more opportunities or early intervention in healthcare and other settings. Medical proessionals, school-basedcounselors, and others must be able to identiy the early signso substance abuse and intervene early.
Integrate the identication and treatment o substance usedisorders into health care reorm eorts. With health carereorm, treatment providers will need to adopt new businesspractices. The need or substance use-related services withinprimary care will increase.
Expand support or recovery. For many people treatmentis the rst step in recovery. Community-based recovery organizations can play an important role in helping peoplemaintain recovery throughout their liespan.
Interrupt the cycle o substance abuse, crime andincarceration. At all levels o government, air and eectivecriminal justice interventions must be combined withevidence-based treatment, prevention and recovery eortsto stop the revolving door in and out o the criminal justicesystem.
Reduce tracking, production and sale o illegal drugs inMinnesota. Law enorcement agencies must continue to work together in order to eectively identiy, disrupt, and dismantlethe increasingly sophisticated criminal organizations thattrac in illegal drugs.
Measure the emerging nature and extent o substance abuseand scientically evaluate the results o various interventions.Policy must be grounded in sound scientic evidence andongoing, quality surveillance systems.

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