Minnesota State Representative Dave Baker

State Representative Dave Baker’s office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 2/27/2019 12:48:54 AM.

What district of Minnesota do you represent?

17B

Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?

A crisis that we have never seen before

What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?

This year we will likely pass first in the country to pass a stewardship fee from manufactures and distributors. enhance PDMP , and community grants to expand MAT

What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?

Chief Author

Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?

Yes

What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?

Many tours and speaking engagements around the state

If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?

Current work on stewardship bill. 20 million each year.

Are there any additional thoughts you would like to share?

I lost a beautiful son 8 years ago to this horrible disease