Source: Minnesota Prevention Resource Center and Minnesota Department of Health
The overall drug overdose mortality rate in
Minnesota is relatively low. However, this makes it easy to overlook a
significant health disparity occurring within our state. African American and
American Indian populations in Minnesota are dying from drug overdose deaths at
disproportionate rates compared to whites. In fact, these disparities in drug
overdose mortality rates are two of the greatest in the nation.
In order to ensure better health for all Minnesotans, program and policy
decisions about preventing substance use, misuse, and overdose must apply a
racial equity lens. Hear from staff at the Minnesota Department of Health to
learn what is contributing to this disparity and how you can take action to
help diminish it.