Drug prevention campaign

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2016 was a record year for opioid-related deaths in Hennepin County. We experienced 153 opioid-related deaths, a 39% increase over 2015.

For this reason, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office launched a year-long drug abuse prevention campaign called #NOverdose. As part of this campaign, the sheriff’s office is building a broad coalition of stakeholders who will assist with educating the community about current drug dangers and trends.

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Town Hall Meetings

The sheriff’s office is partnering with area schools to host drug prevention and education town hall meetings for parents, guardians, grandparents, caregivers and teachers. Speakers discuss current drug trends and dangers, and ways to prevent drug abuse.

#NOverdose town halls follow the school calendar. Check back in the fall for a list of upcoming town hall meetings.

Group meetings and presentations

Sheriff Stanek and members of the sheriff’s office speak to community organizations on a regular basis about #NOverdose, and current drug dangers and trends. To request someone from the sheriff’s office to speak about #NOverdose, contact 612-348-3717 (Sergeant Kellace McDaniel).


Medicine disposal

Properly disposing of unwanted and unused medication is an effective way to prevention future drug abuse. Since 2012, the sheriff’s office has provided several medicine drop boxes as a convenient option for Hennepin County residents.

Learn more about medicine drop box locations and hours.


The sheriff’s office is providing regular updates regarding the progress of #NOverdose. Below are update documents provided during #NOverdose coalition meetings.

Quarter 1 (Jan-March) 2017 #NOverdose update (PDF)

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