Hoping to curb opioid addiction and overdoses in Minnesota, Lt. Governor Tina Smith announced new guidelines for those drugs today.
Developed by a group of health care providers and community members, the guidelines aim to help doctors on how much medicine to prescribe and how to monitor use of the drugs.
Smith says overdoses involving prescription opioids account for more than any other drug.
Last year 376 people in Minnesota died from opioid overdoses, a 12% increase over 2015.
It's hoped all providers across the state adopt the new guidelines.
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