Opioid Awareness Class and Naloxone Training

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson announced a new educational initiative on the dangers of the opioid addiction epidemic, which continues to grow in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This hour long online class and training will provide education about the dangers of opioids, signs of addiction, treatment options and the proper administration of naloxone (Narcan®). These trainings are open to all.

This class will be offered June 15 (online only) and July 13 (online & in-person) in the early evenings. These sessions will include training on how to properly administer Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan®, a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. Funding for the classes has been provided through grants from the Minnesota Department of Health. All sessions will be taught by licensed alcohol and drug counselor Randy Anderson, founder of Bold North Recovery and Consulting.

This new class is the latest tool in the HCSO’s on-going efforts to battle opioid addiction during the pandemic. Since COVID-19 has prevented so many in-person events, the HCSO is also mailing Deterra drug disposal bags and hosting online Naloxone training.

To join a session of the opioid awareness class or request a free Deterra drug disposal bag, send an email to drugdisposal@hennepin.us.

If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction, resources are available. Call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or reach out to Hennepin County social services at 612-348-4111.