Minnesota has taken a big step in fighting, what health officials say is a national opioid crisis. Governor Mark Dayton is announcing the state will send about $700,000 in grants to hospitals and clinics in rural areas. States data shows that rural communities receive more prescribed opioids on average than urban communities. The grants will be aimed at establishing new guidelines for doctors when prescribing opioids and monitoring patients’ pain. Minnesota’s data shows that opioid overdoes deaths rose over 600 percent between 2000 and 2016. This is just the latest step in the efforts to combat opioid abuse.