Local law enforcement is educating fairgoers on the dangers of opioid abuse and are handing out free medication disposal pouches at the fair.
According to a press release from Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, local law enforcement agencies are joining forces at the Minnesota State Fair to fight opioid abuse through education. This is the first year that a medication disposal option will be handed out, and is a "key component" in the Sheriff's Office's #NOverdose campaign.
"The Minnesota State Fair is a fun event that provides our agency and partners with a great opportunity to better educate tens of thousands of fairgoers about the dangers of prescription drug abuse," said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. "This year, in addition to education, we will provide attendees with a safe and convenient way to dispose of their unwanted and unused medications when they get back home."
Hennepin County saw a record 153 opioid-related deaths in 2016, a 39% increase over 2015. Hennepin County Sheriff's Office then launched their #NOverdose campaign and partnered with school-parent organizations, other law enforcement agencies, elected officials, businesses, and health & community organizations to educate our community about current drug dangers, trends, and prevention.
They'll also be sporting their new "old western" booth at the fair, where a squad car will be on site for tours and photos.
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office