The state of Minnesota is seeking applications for a new council intended to fight the opioid epidemic.

Establishing the Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council is part of legislation passed this year, the Minnesota Department of Human Services explained in a news release Friday. Among other tasks, the council will recommend specific projects for funding from $20 million in new annual fees from the opioid industry.

The bill was authored in the House by state Rep. Liz Olson, DFL-Duluth.

Included among council representatives will be a person in opioid addiction recovery, a person with chronic or intractable pain or a rare disease or condition, representatives of tribal nations, treatment organizations, alternative pain management therapies, nonprofits, law enforcement or the judiciary, local health departments and mental health advocates.

Applications are due by July 29. More information is available from the secretary of state’s office at