Opioid, alcohol and suicide rates continue to rise in Minnesota

DULUTH, MN — State officials say more Minnesotans died from opioids, alcohol and suicide in 2017 compared to previous years.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 422 people died from opioid use alone in Minnesota in 2017, with 636 deaths from alcohol and 783 suicides.

MDH officials say deaths in all three categories have steadily risen since 2000.

Fatality review teams are also in effect in several communities around the state, which follow an overdose or suicide death to look at factors which may have contributed to a person’s death.

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