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.  The State of Minnesota experienced 402 opioid-related deaths during 2016. 

For this reason, Sheriff Stanek and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office launched a drug abuse prevention campaign called #NOverdose.  As part of the campaign, the Sheriff’s Office has partnered with school-parent organizations, law enforcement agencies, elected officials, businesses, and health & community organizations to assist educating the community about current drug dangers, trends and prevention.

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Medicine disposal

70% of prescription drug abusers say that they obtained their supply of prescription medications from friends and family. Properly disposing of prescription medication, such as opioids, can significantly decrease the likelihood of individuals having access to these highly addictive drugs.

Several law enforcement agencies and pharmacies around the state provide medication disposal options for residents and customers. Check with local sheriff’s offices and police departments for medication disposal options near you. 

Learn more about medicine disposal in Hennepin County below.

Partnerships

The Sheriff’s Office is partnering with a variety of individuals and organizations to assist educating the community about current drug dangers, trends and prevention. To learn more about partnering with the Sheriff's Office, contact Mike Sheehan at 612-543-0443. 

#NOverdose Coalition 

The #NOverdose coalition is a group that meets regularly with a goal of reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in Hennepin County. Members of the coalition offer resources, feedback and volunteer services for the Sheriff's Office #NOverdose prevention campaign. 

The coalition is made up of members from a variety of organizations including public safety, local government, health care, schools, substance abuse treatment, parents, and community & business organizations.

To learn more about the Sheriff's Office #NOverdose Coalition, contact Jon Collins at 612-543-1268. 

Medicine disposal

Sheriff Stanek, in collaboration with the Hennepin County Environment and Energy Department, started the medication collection program in February 2012 when the first collection boxes were made available at Sheriff's Office locations in Spring Park, Brooklyn Park and downtown Minneapolis. During the past five years, the number of collection sites has grown to 11 boxes throughout the county, with several local police departments introducing boxes in their lobbies.

70% of prescription drug abusers say that they obtained their supply of prescription medications from friends and family. Properly disposing of prescription medication, such as opioids, can significantly decrease the likelihood of individuals having access to these highly addictive drugs.

Properly disposing of unused medication is not only important to prevent drug abuse and poisoning, but also to protect the environment.

Medication flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can contaminate bodies of water, harm wildlife and end up in drinking water supplies. The medication that is collected by law enforcement and pharmacies is destroyed by incineration, a method that has been found to be the most environmentally friendly while also rendering the drugs inert.

Medicine collection locations

Brooklyn Center – Hennepin County Library/District Court – Brookdale

6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
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Brooklyn Park – Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters

9401 83rd Avenue North, Brooklyn Park 55445
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Golden Valley – Police Department

7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Hours: 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week
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Edina – Hennepin County Library – Southdale

7001 York Avenue South, Edina, MN 55435
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
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Maple Grove – Police Department

‭12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway N, ‭Maple Grove, MN 55369
‭Hours: 24 hours a day, ‭7 days a week
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Minneapolis – Public Safety Facility

401 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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Minneapolis – Police Department

1st Precinct
19 N 4th St., Minneapolis, MN 55401
‭Hours: 24 hours a day, ‭7 days a week
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Minneapolis – Police Department

4th Precinct
1925 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411
‭Hours: 24 hours a day, ‭7 days a week
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Minnetonka – Hennepin County District Court – Ridgedale

12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Sunday
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Osseo – Police Department

415 Central Ave, Osseo, MN 55369
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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Spring Park – Sheriff’s Water Patrol

4141 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN 55384
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Learn more about medicine collection locations and hours in Hennepin County

Events and education

Special Events

The Sheriff's Office is partnering with area organizations such as athletic teams to host special events to help educate community remembers about the opioid epidemic and what they can do to help prevent future opioid abuse. Past events have included a booth at the MN State Fair, #NOverdose night with the MN Twins, and #NOverdose Day with the MN Vikings. 

Upcoming #NOverdose special events are listed below.

No special events scheduled at this time, please check back again soon. 

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.

Upcoming #NOverdose Town Hall Meetings are listed below.

Wednesday, October 25
Gichitwaa Kateri Church
6-7:30 p.m.
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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, trends and prevention. To request someone from the sheriff’s office to speak about #NOverdose, contact Mike Sheehan at 612-543-0443.

Statistics

The Sheriff’s Office is providing regular updates regarding the opioid epidemic in Hennepin County.

Below are statistics for opioid-related deaths in Hennepin County.

 Year  Number of opioid-related deaths
 2012 105 
 2013 119 
 2014 108 
 2015 110 
 2016 153 
 2017 (Jan - Aug)  100

 

Below are statistics for medication collection in Hennepin County. 

Year Amount of medication collected (lbs)
2012 5,361
2013 14,440
2014 15,960
2015 21,940
2016 27,740
2017 (Jan - Oct 11) 21,760
Total  107,201
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