Winona, MN (WXOW) – A new law in Minnesota takes effect Monday, targeting opioid drug makers and distributors.
Governor Tim Walz signed the bill to help fight the epidemic.
The bill takes some of the burden off taxpayers for the costs of prevention strategies, intervention and treatment.
It will impose higher registration fees on the makers of opioid drugs.
“This is a first in the nation or one of the big ones,” Gov. Walz said. “They didn’t come without a little pulling along but we’re partnering with the pharmaceutical companies are our partners on this. My hope is that the scourge of opioid addiction that we’re seeing across Minnesota that this starts to lessen that and this gives us a plan to start lessening the cost of that..human and economic cost of that.”
The higher fees on drug makers will bring in an estimated $21 million a year.