STOP: Survival Through Overdose Prevention
“The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to stopping the spread of opioid use and curbing this epidemic. We have a real opportunity to address this problem during incarceration. We want to help and treat people at the jail, so they leave with a clear mind and with tools to help them continue their recovery.”
– Sheriff David Hutchinson, Hennepin County
The opioid crisis
Opioid-related deaths have reached epidemic levels and the numbers continue to increase. Opioid overdoses are now the leading cause of death in the U.S. for people under the age of 50. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed on an average day in the U.S. DDS estimates that 3,900 people initiate the nonmedical use of prescription opioids every day.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 69,000 Americans died from drug overdose in 2018. Every day, more than 115 Americans die as a result of an opioid overdose. The misuse of addiction to prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl is a problem that affects urban, suburban, and rural communities all around the country.
Most individuals with an opioid use disorder report contact with the criminal justice system. Without treatment, they are at a significantly higher risk of death following incarceration. In Minnesota, 30% of opioid-related deaths occurred within in one year of release from a state, county, or local correctional facility. In Hennepin County, 55% of the deaths occurred in the first 90 days of release.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) can play a clear role in reducing opioid-related deaths. Sheriff David P. Hutchinson has developed the Survival Through Overdose Prevention (S.T.O.P.) strategy to fight the deadly epidemic.
“As a person in long-term recovery and having lost a loved one due to an opioid overdose, I am acutely aware of how the opioid epidemic impacts people throughout Minnesota.”
“The Steve Rummler HOPE Network is proud and grateful to have the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office as one of our dedicated overdose prevention, education, and advocacy partners. The Sheriff’s Office is instrumental in generating public awareness, education and community support relating to public health and safety laws. Also, through our training program, deputies and jail staff are now trained to administer lifesaving naloxone.”
– Lexi Reed Holtum, Executive Director, Steve Rummler HOPE Network
What we're doing
The HCSO is using a multi-pronged approach to dealing with the opioid epidemic. This includes strategies to keep these drugs out of the wrong hands, treating those with opioid use disorder in the jails, and using tools to prevent fatal overdoses.