Statistics show more than 70 percent of heroin users start out by using prescription pain medications. Opioid and heroin use has become an epidemic in America. The United States — which has only 5 percent of the world’s population — consumes 80 percent of the world’s opioid painkillers.
Lakeville is not immune to this problem. More than 325 people died in Minnesota in 2015 as a result of heroin and opiate pain relievers, 23 of them from Dakota County, and the numbers continue to rise. The fastest growing group of heroin users is young, middle class men and women from the suburbs. Today’s users aren’t hiding in dark alleys. They include our kids, our friends and our neighbors.
The Lakeville Police Department is on the front lines of this fight, one that tears families apart and takes lives through violence and overdose. They seek the community’s help in taking an active role in combatting heroin and opioid abuse in our community.
The community is invited to attend a panel of experts March 13 who will discuss Combatting Heroin in Lakeville.
- Understand more about opioid addiction from addiction specialist, Carol Ackley.
- Hear from a young man in addiction recovery. Not unlike many here in Lakeville, he seemed to have everything going for him until he was introduced to heroin.
- Listen to a local narcotics officer speak about what he has seen in Dakota County.
- Learn about opioid and heroin criminal issues, from our County Attorney, James Backstrom.
The forum will take place from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at City Council chambers, 20195 Holyoke Ave. This event is sponsored by Lakeville Rotary in partnership with the Lakeville PATH Coalition, Lakeville Area Public Schools, the Lakeville Police Department and Dakota County Attorney’s Office.