Opioid Remediation Settlement Advisory Committee




Through funds provided from St. Louis County’s opioid settlement funds, Public Health has launched a 2-month Pill Safety Prevention Campaign. The focus of the campaign is to spread awareness about pill safety, with intentional awareness highlighting the alarming increase in lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.  Public Health’s goal with this campaign is to educate the public of the danger of counterfeit pills and the importance of only taking medications that are prescribed by a medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.  


DEA One Pill Can Kill Intro Video


Workplace Resources 

DEA Operation Prevention Opioid Workplace Module Series Overview Manual  

DEA Operation Prevention Opioid Misuse Modules 1-4: The Opioid Epidemic (operationprevention.com) 

DEA Operation Prevention Opioid Misuse Module Overview


Fact Sheet Resources 

DEA One Pill Can Kill Fake Pill Fact Sheet

Fentanyl Drug Fact Sheet

DEA One Pill Can Kill Parent Flyer

Emoji Decoded Fact Sheet

What is Methamphetamine Info: Methamphetamine (dea.gov) 



Rock Bottom Has a Basement  

Harm Reduction Mini Course and Toolkit

Xylazine and Fentanyl: A Deadly Duo Video and Toolkit

Words Matter: Language and Stigma Reduction 

The Intersection of Substance Misuse and Suicide

Stigma and Substance Use Prevention, Part 2: What Prevention Professionals and Others Can Do

The Power of Collaboration: Success Stories of Harm Reduction and Public Safety Partnerships to Prevent Overdose 



St. Louis County stands to receive approximately $18 million over the next 18 years as a result of national class action lawsuits against manufactures and distributors of pharmaceutical opioids. The settlement isn’t meant to compensate individuals who have suffered opioid-related harm; it’s meant to provide funding to state, local, and tribal governments to implement forward-looking programs regarding the epidemic.

For those seeking treatment or help from a Substance Use Disorder, find information though St. Louis County’s Adult Services -Substance Use and Recovery.

For more information on Public Health Education regarding Substance Use Prevention, find information through St. Louis County’s Community Health & Education.

To see local community health data on drug overdoses, see the Drug Overdose Data and Resources in St. Louis County, MN webpage.



St. Louis County's Response: A blueprint of our process

St. Louis County has assembled a "blueprint" to how the county has worked to effectively and transparently use opioid settlement funds. This aims to be a resource for citizens and other jurisdictions.  

St. Louis County Opioid Remediation Settlement Funds Blueprint

This blueprint contains a description of process used, as well as resources including SLC's Community Health Survey, RFP, Scorecard, and more.

Opioid Remediation Settlement Advisory Committee membership

Current Committee Membership

County Commissioners

Ashley Grimm, District 3

Patrick Boyle, District 1

Paul McDonald, District 4

Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) Staff

Linnea Mirsch, PHHS Director

Jana Blomberg, Community Health Program Coordinator

Sheriff’s Office Staff

Gordon Ramsay, St. Louis County Sheriff

Attorney’s Office Staff

Kim Maki, St. Louis County Attorney

Community Members

Greg Anderson, (retired) SLC PHHS

Katie Bauman, Essentia Health

Laura Bennett, Community Health Board

Joseph Bianco, Essentia Health

Elizabeth Bilden, Essentia Health

Heather Blue, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Pat Conway, Essentia Institute of Rural Health

Melissa Dybvig, St. Luke's

Beth Elstad, formerly Recovery Alliance Duluth

Jennifer Garbow, University of MN Extension

Brandon Hankey, St. Luke’s

Bryan Johnson, Twelfth Step House

Sherry Johnson, St. Luke’s

Danielle Jones, Fairview Mesaba Clinics

Branden Mattson, Partners In Recovery

Jessica McCarthy-Nickila, Duluth Police Department

Jeff Polcher, Rural AIDS Action Network

Lisa Prusak, Essentia Health/Duluth Family Medicine Clinic

Susan Purchase, Harm Reduction Sisters

Allison Vanneste, SLC PHHS

Verne Wagner, NarAnon

Meeting agendas and minutes can be found at the bottom of this page.




Currently Funded Projects

March 2023- February 2024 Funded Projects

Rural Aids Action Network  

Service Region: North / County-Wide 

RFP Priority: Harm Reduction  

Project Highlights:  

  • Hire a position to be focused on northern, rural parts of St. Louis County 

  • New position responsibilities include naloxone and fentanyl test strips distribution, naloxone training, fentanyl test strips training, connecting to resources, outreach events, HIV/Hep C testing, and some administrative support  


Recovery Alliance Duluth  

Service Region: County-Wide 

RFP Priority: Harm Reduction  

Project Highlights:  

  • Add 1.5 Peer Support Specialists to be able to serve both north and south St. Louis County  

  • Expand services – further their reach and services they are able to provide  

  • Identify where barriers are and find ways to address them with community partners  


Housing for Inmates  

Service Region: Duluth / South St. Louis County 

RFP Priority: Harm Reduction  

Project Highlights:  

  • Provide housing in Duluth for formerly incarcerated individuals  

  • Prioritize community partnerships for best wrap-around care  

  • Provide harm reduction resources and reduce barriers to entering/finding stable housing  

  • Offer Health Realization programming    



Service Region: Duluth / South St. Louis County 

RFP Priority: Harm Reduction  

Project Highlights:  

  • Expand street outreach by hiring 1 new Peer Support Specialist (RAD) & 1 street outreach specialist (positions seen as permanent and will be maintained in the future by leveraging current private and public partners)  

  • Develop Stepping On Up Authorized Outdoor Living Zones (in place April-October)  


United Way  

Service Region: Schools / North St. Louis County 

RFP Priority: Enriched Broad Prevention – Youth Focused  

Project Highlights:  

  • Expand Lunch Buddies Mentoring Program – a trauma-informed youth program that matches local elementary school aged youth in need of additional positive adult role models   

  • Anticipated short-term impacts: improve school attendance, mood, and self-esteem for children in the program  


Wellbeing Development  

Service Region: Ely / North St. Louis County 

RFP Priority: Harm Reduction  

Project Highlights:  

  • Proposal includes expanding harm reduction programs through use of evidence-informed, person-centered behavioral health approaches that include a recovery residence with co-located support services  


YWCA Duluth  

Service Region: Duluth / South St. Louis County 

RFP Priority: Broad based prevention and Harm Reduction  

Project Highlights:  

  • Provide transitional housing to young moms   

  • Naloxone distribution to clients, staff, and community 

  • Offer peer recovery supports through Health Realization programming  


Service Region: County-wide

RFP Priority: Enriched Broad Prevention – Stigma Reduction, Youth Focused, Harm Reduction

Project Highlights:

  • St. Louis County PHHS Department and Sheriff’s Office (SLC), Community Health Board (CHB), and MN Extension led communication plan with goals of reducing stigma, educating and supporting youth, and reducing harm

Municipality Meetings

The Memorandum of Agreement from the Minnesota Attorney General's Office requires an annual meeting between county governments and the municipalities that share the same boundaries. Within St. Louis County, the cities of Duluth and Proctor also receive settlement funds.


Meeting agendas and minutes can be found at the bottom of this page.