Minnesota county launches opioid education initiative

Minnesota county launches opioid education initiative

Hennepin County in Minnesota recently announced an initiative to educate residents on the dangers of the opioid addiction epidemic.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) will offer a free online class on multiple occasions covering various topics, including signs of addiction, treatment options, the dangers of opioids, and the proper administration of Naloxone.

HCSO will mail participants a free supply of naloxone, a medicine that reverses an opioid overdose after completing the course.

“The opioid addiction crisis has not gone away during the pandemic,” Sheriff David Hutchinson said. “In fact, opioid deaths in Hennepin County were up significantly in 2020 compared to 2019. It is critically important we educate people about the dangers presented by opioids before they first encounter these drugs. If you know someone living with addiction, knowing how to properly administer naloxone may mean the difference between life and death.”

Classes will be held on Feb. 9, March 2, and March 30. Randy Anderson, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor who founded Bold North Recovery and Consulting, will teach the classes.

The classes will provide participants with training on how to administer Naloxone properly.

The Minnesota Department of Health funded the initiative.

HCSO also has been mailing Deterra drug disposal bags during the pandemic.