The opioid crisis has affected thousands of lives. As citizens, we must come together to help those struggling with addiction.
Minnesota lawmakers are currently considering well-meaning legislation that attempts to help alleviate opioid addiction, but could bring about serious unintended consequences. HF400, soon to be up for a vote on the House floor, would fund opioid response programs by making Minnesotans pay more for the care and medication they need.
These additional costs harm the very people it attempts to help. The Minnesota Legislature has worked for years to remove unnecessary government-imposed costs from the health care system. This legislation would halt that progress.
Minnesotans who fight addiction need our help, but there is a better way to do it. Legislators should prioritize using funding sources that are already available to get help to those struggling with addiction, instead of imposing additional taxes on vital medications that many patients rely on.
We all want to care for those around us effectively and compassionately, but not at the risk of the harmful unintended consequences of HF400. Tell your legislators to vote "no" on this proposal.