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Minnesota legislators will consider proposals early next week from the Department of Human Services that would toughen regulation of methadone clinics and improve treatment for people who are addicted. Methadone is used to treat addiction to heroin and certain prescription medications but can be misused. The proposal will be reviewed Monday by the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee that meets at 6 p.m. in room 15 of the Capitol and Tuesday by the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee that meets at 2:15 p.m. in room 200 of State Office Building.
“Heroin and prescription drug addiction is a growing crisis in Minnesota that can lead to tragic consequences – that’s why the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy named it a top priority,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “The proposals are an important first step to ensuring methadone can be used safely and responsibly as part of this effort.”
The legislative proposals authored by Sen. Julie Rosen, Sen. Tony Lourey and Rep. Tom Huntley will:
DHS Inspector General Jerry Kerber and Assistant Commissioner Dave Hartford are scheduled to present the proposals, which are part of multi-agency package from the Dayton Administration to support substance abuse prevention and improve the lives of Minnesotans. The proposals provide an additional $600,000 over the biennium for substance abuse screening and intervention and $7.4 million for enhanced mental health services in schools. More information is in a Substance Abuse Prevention fact sheet.