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Kate Ebert

Public Health Specialist

Opioid Overdose Prevention


In 2022, the Bloomington Police Department responded to 77 overdoses; during the first eight months of 2023 alone, 57 overdose incidents have been reported. Opioid-related deaths have risen steadily across the country, and in Minnesota, the number of deaths from opioid overdoses doubled between 2019 and 2021. This is also a health inequity, as these rates disproportionately affect non-white residents.  

The misuse of and addiction to prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl is an increasing crisis that affects families and communities throughout the U.S. While this crisis is a national concern, local resources are needed to meet the needs of individuals impacted by the crisis in our own communities.  

The state of Minnesota intends to combat these trends. The Attorney General’s office has joined in a multistate settlement intended to combat the opioid crisis at the state and local level. The Bloomington Public Health Division is collaborating with stakeholders across Bloomington, Edina and Richfield to address prevention, rapid response and treatment needs across the three cities.