Sheriff’s Office leads drug-abuse prevention efforts
Hennepin County had a record number of opioid-related deaths in 2016. By the end of the year, there were 153 deaths, a 39 percent increase from 2015. Every opioid-related death is tragic and every one is preventable.
In response to this crisis, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office launched a yearlong drug abuse-prevention campaign called #NOverdose. The campaign focuses on:
- Educating parents and youth about current drug dangers and trends
- Prevention and treatment in partnership with schools and families, law enforcement agencies, elected officials, businesses and health and community organizations
Wayzata High School hosted the first #NOverdose educational event in March with 250 people in attendance. Over half of the audience raised their hand when asked if they had a family member, friend, or neighbor affected by opioid addiction.