Opioid Response Initiative

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Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine and many others. The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a national public health crisis.  

Opioid epidemic in Minnesota

Apply for an Opioid Response Grant

Multiple grants are available for community-led organizations whose work addresses the opioid crisis. The Opioid Response Community Grants program will invest up to $1,000,000 in grants for organizations whose work aligns with the county’s Opioid Response Initiative priority areas:

  • Pregnant people, parents and babies: Four grants up to $55,000 each will be awarded.

  • Culturally-specific approaches for treatment and recovery: Four grants up to $55,000 each will be awarded. 

  • Health education, awareness and outreach focused on prevention: Four grants up to $50,000 each will be awarded.

  • Treatment and support for people involved in the justice system: Four grants up to $40,000 each will be awarded in this priority area. 

  • Education and engagement with young people: Four grants up to $50,000 each will be awarded. 

All applications for the Opioid Response Community Grant program must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on March 1. 

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Free naloxone

Ramsey County Residents (pilot project)

Orders are now closed. Please check back for future updates. All submitted orders have been shipped to residents.

How to use naloxone (video).

State Mandated/Required Groups

The Minnesota Department of Health in partnership with Department of Human Services has developed a program to order free naloxone for groups that are now required by law to carry/maintain a supply of naloxone. This mandated group includes: schools, corrections, law enforcement, site-based or group housing support settings and sober homes. Learn more and order state mandated naloxone.

Naloxone training

Community organizations

Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health is offering free naloxone training for Ramsey County community organizations and partners. Public Health staff will come to your location for the training session. Each session lasts approximately 1 hour, depending on the needs of the organization. Each person that attends training will receive a naloxone kit.

Register today


Individuals wanting naloxone training can call or visit the Syringe Service Program. Call with questions or walk-in during open hours, appointments are not needed. Syringe Service Program hours.

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County programs responding to the crisis

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