Saint Paul, MN— Rep. Dave Baker (R-Willmar) today announced that he has been selected as a National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) 2019 Opioid Policy Fellow. The Opioid Policy Fellows Program is focused on health policies and programs being addressed by state legislatures across the country to combat the opioid epidemic. As a fellow, Rep. Baker will have the opportunity to be part of a peer learning community with other legislators and will be able to directly engage with leading research and policy experts in the field.
“I am honored to have been selected to participate in this important and timely policy fellowship; a fellowship that has the potential to save lives,” said Rep. Baker. “The tragic consequences of opioid abuse have touched the lives of thousands, if not millions of families across this country. For many, it may seem like a problem that could not possibly happen in your neighborhood or your home, but the reality is that this illness takes hold of folks from all walks of life; often times through no fault of their own. It’s time to put an end to this epidemic.”
Rep. Baker was motivated to seek public office to serve the memory of his eldest son, Dan, who tragically passed away seven years ago from an opioid addiction. Since being elected in 2014, Rep. Baker has emerged as a leading voice in St. Paul in the fight against opioid addiction.