Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office: Opioid Prevention Day

What: The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is dubbing Wednesday, June 14, 2017 “Opioid Prevention Day”. The agency will be involved in multiple events throughout the day with a focus on getting deadly opioids off the streets and saving lives.

Two events will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Event 1: #NOverdose Warrant Sweep

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. (Roll Call)

Where: Hennepin County Sheriff’s 911 Emergency Communications Facility (1245 Shenandoah Lane, Plymouth)

Speaker:

  1. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek
  2. Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker

More: Media is invited to attend roll call where Sheriff Stanek and Dr. Baker will address deputies and police officers who are participating in the countywide warrant sweep that is focused on drug-related warrants.

Sheriff Stanek and Dr. Baker will be available for media interviews after addressing the participating law enforcement officers. Sheriff Stanek will be available for early morning live and/or taped interviews prior to roll call (must confirm with Jon Collins by 3 p.m. on Tuesday).

Members of the media are invited to “ride along” with law enforcement officers during warrant sweep 

Details: Media will have the opportunity to follow deputies and police officers during the warrant sweep. Media will use their own vehicles to follow squad cars to various warrant locations. Media must RSVP and agree to safety guidelines. Space is limited, access will be granted in order of RSVP’s.

Media must RSVP for the “ride along” by contacting Jon Collins at 612-919-5918 or Jon.Collins@hennepin.us by Tuesday, June 13 at 3 p.m.

Event 2: Walgreens “Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk” launch

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Walgreens (7700 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park)

Speaker:

  1. Walgreens Senior Executive
  2. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek
  3. Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeffrey Lunde

More: Walgreens will formally announce their medicine disposal program, that allows individuals to safely dispose of unwanted medications at no cost, for several Minnesota locations. Media will have an opportunity to film the new disposal kiosks.

Last year, a change in State law allowed pharmacies to provide medication disposal options for residents and customers.

The Sheriff’s Office has collected and destroyed almost 100,000 lbs of unwanted medication since 2012 when the disposal program began.

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