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Sheriff's office response to the opioid crisis

Opioid overdose deaths are an epidemic in the U.S. and Hennepin County. Deaths are especially high among the county’s American Indian and African American people.

We see the opioid epidemic up close, including among inmates at the jail.

Most prescription drug abusers say they got their supply from friends and family. Learn how to safely dispose of prescription drugs and get trained on how to reverse an overdose while it’s happening.

Medicine disposal

Schedule Opioid education and Narcan training

Preventing overdoses in the jail

The jail medical team is trained to recognize and treat patients affected by opioid use disorder:

  • We screen incoming inmates for opioid use and provide opioid withdrawal management and Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) as needed.
  • Healthcare providers at the jail treat inmates for opioid use disorder.
  • Information about community clinics that provide MOUD care is given to all individuals in the jail who report opioid use.
  • Naloxone kits are distributed to individuals leaving the jail upon request

Partnerships in responding to the opioid crisis

We work with many people and organizations to help educate the public about the drug dangers, trends and prevention:

  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Walgreens
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Hennepin Chiefs
  • Hennepin County Environment and Energy
  • Hennepin County Health and Human Services
  • Hennepin County Sheriff’s Foundation
  • Hy-Vee supermarket company
  • National Sheriff’s Association
  • Native American Community Clinic
  • Steve Rummler HOPE Foundation

To learn more about working with us, email Jeremy Zoss at

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