Opioid Settlement Advisory Council

Contact information – jaimee.brand@co.brown.mn.us

The Opioid Crisis in Minnesota

Minnesotans have suffered tremendously from the opioid epidemic. Opioid overdose deaths have increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that from 2020 to 2021, opioid-involved overdose deaths increased by 44%, to an all-time high of 978 deaths in 2021.  Fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid, was involved in the majority of the deaths.

Additional data on the opioid epidemic in Minnesota can be found on Minnesota Department of Health’s drug overdose dashboard, located here. The dashboard contains detailed information on overdose deaths, opioid-related hospital visits, the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed, the prevalence of substance use disorder, and more. It also includes links to sources where some of the above-referenced data can be tracked on a county-level.

On August 20, 2021, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office joined the historic $26 billion multi-state settlement agreements with pharmaceutical distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen, and opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. This settlement will bring more than $300 million to Minnesota counties and cities with an anticipated spending start date of August 1, 2022.  Since the initial settlement in 2021, the Attorney General’s office has joined additional multistate settlements with opioid manufacturers and retail pharmacy chains, increasing the share of Minnesota’s settlement funds. More information on the multi-district litigation can be found on the Minnesota Attorney General’s office website.

According to the Minnesota Opioids State-Subdivision Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), the Public Health departments shall serve as the lead agency and Chief Strategist to identify, collaborate, and respond to local issues as Local Governments decide how to leverage and disburse Opioid Settlement Funds. In their role as Chief Strategist, public health departments will;

  • Convene multi-sector meetings
  • Lead efforts that build upon local efforts like Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans
  • Foster community focused and collaborative evidence-informed approaches that prevent and address addiction across the areas of public health, human services, and public safety.
  • Consult with municipalities located within their county in the development of any Community Health Assessment
  • Collaborate with law enforcement agencies in the county where appropriate.

Brown County Minnesota’s share of these settlements is expected to be $1,245,434.20.

The Brown County Opioid Advisory Council was formed to assist Brown County Public Health in advising the Brown County Board of Commissioners on the disbursement of Opioid Settlement Funds.  Members have a shared commitment to prevent (mis)use, reduce harm, provide enforcement response, treatment, and support recovery.  Members will provide subject matter expertise in their area of focus.  Members will be from across all sectors, including, but not limited to:

  • Sheriff
  • Probation Director
  • Public Health Director
  • Human Services Director
  • County Commissioners
  • County Attorney
  • County Administration
  • Other

The Advisory Council will meet quarterly and all meetings and minutes will be posted to this website.

Upcoming Meetings:

March 5, 2024 at 1:30pm in the Public Health Conference Room

June 4, 2024 at 1:30pm in the Public Health Conference Room

September 3, 2024 at 1:30pm in the Public Health Conference Room

December 3, 2024 at 1:30pm in the Public Health Conference Room

Opioid Planning Meeting Agenda Minutes

Bylaws of Brown County Opioid Settlement Advisory Council

On March 28th, 2023, stakeholders from around Brown County gathered to learn about a multistate settlement agreement involving several pharmaceutical distributors.  Brown County opted in to receive a portion of these settlement funds, whose intended purpose is for opioid remediation and abatement uses.  Brown County Public Health invited representatives from local government, area hospitals and clinics, treatment providers, law enforcement, and educators to help develop a strategic plan that would most effectively distribute funding.

The results from this planning meeting can be found here.

Brown County Minnesota Opioid Settlement Planning Results

The Brown County Opioid Settlement Grant is now open. Organizations that serve Brown County Minnesota residents are eligible to submit a grant application that outlines an implementation of an opioid epidemic response project. Details on the opioid settlement and the rolling grant can be found in the Brown County Minnesota Opioid Response document below.

Brown County Minnesota Opioid Response

Contact Public Health

Director: Jaimee Brand

Located at the Community Services Building in New Ulm

1117 Center Street
New Ulm, MN 56073

Telephone: (507) 233-6820
(888) 359-2809
Fax: (507) 233-6819

Reporting Foodborne Illness

Brown-Nicollet Environmental Health: (507) 934-7096
Minnesota State Hotline: (877) 366-3455

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