Sheriff Stanek continues campaign to prevent prescription drug abuse among teenagers
Utilizing a combination of community education, drug collection events, and enforcement, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is working hard to prevent prescription drugs from damaging our community’s youth.
On June 2, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) will host another prescription drug collection event in cooperation with the City of Richfield. The event will be from 3-7pm in the Richfield Ice Arena parking lot (east entrance).
|Sheriff Rich Stanek collects unused prescription medication last year. Submitted photo.|
At our first-ever event in St. Louis Park last September, we had residents in over 700 vehicles drop off unwanted drugs. Tens of thousands of pills were dropped off – some with a street value of $70 – $80 per pill. At a similar event in Brooklyn Center, residents found over 100 pounds of unwanted controlled medications (including Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Codeine) plus anti-biotics, cold medicines, vitamins/supplements, and pet medications, and delivered them for safe disposal.
Our teens in Hennepin County are at risk with these medications; Minnesota kids have an underground drug culture; they trade and sell drugs via text message and send invites on Facebook for “pharm” parties. The entry fee for a “pharm” party is a contribution of drugs of any sort. The kids throw whatever they can find into a bowl or baggie and call the contents “skittles” or “trail mix.” They take the mixed drugs by the handfuls, often weekend bingeing, and have no idea what substances they’ve ingested. The Hazelden Foundation now reports that kids are developing “recipes’ for getting high; our ER’s are reporting kids overdosing on bizarre combinations of drugs.
Teen drug abuse is a growing concern here in the metro area; please will you do what you can to ensure the safety of kids in our communities? Take a few minutes and check: What’s in your medicine cabinet?
Sheriff Stanek speaks to Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus about public safety issues.
Sheriff Stanek was recently asked to represent the Major County Sheriff’s Association (MCSA) on a panel of law enforcement leaders from across the U.S. Sheriff Stanek serves as the Vice President of MCSA and chairs its Homeland Security Sub-Committee. Additionally, he is also active in the National Sherif’s Association and sits on its Executive Board, Intelligence Sub-Committee, and Homeland Security Sub-Committee.
|Sheriff Rich Stanek speaks to Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus. Submitted photo.|
The panel was organized by the leaders of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ). Congressman Reichert previously served as County Sheriff for King County (Seattle) before his election to Congress.
Aside from providing his insight to critical public safety and homeland security issues, Sheriff Stanek also met with members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation and attended the opening of the National Law Enforcement Memorial on the National Mall.