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Minnesota documentary addressing dramatic increase in opiate abuse finds new audiences

“Heroin at Home,” a two-part documentary produced by TPT and the Department of Human Services, has topped 100,000 views on the DHS YouTube channel. The Emmy-nominated series discusses the rise in opiate abuse—and what's being done about it—in Minnesota.

According to Daniel Pierce Bergin, Senior Producer & Partner Manager at Twin Cities Public Television, the shows are “among the most viewed TPT content on YouTube.”

First broadcast on public television in June 2013, the first half-hour segment, “Heroin at Home: Rise of Opiate Use,” delves into the history, science and social factors behind opiate addiction and heroin’s resurgence in the last few years. The second segment, “Heroin at Home: Response to Opiate Use,” covers evolving treatment approaches for heroin use and presents first-hand accounts from those in recovery. The broadcasts culminated in a live town hall forum, “Heroin at Home: A Community Discussion.”

“The toll of heroin and prescription opiate abuse is alarming,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said at the release of the videos. “The numbers of lives lost, families destroyed and dollars spent are rising…We are grateful to TPT for partnering with us to help get the word out about this dangerous trend.”

State Substance Abuse Strategy Executive Sponsor Meeting

The next Substance Abuse Strategy Meeting will be held February 19, 2015, from 2:30 – 4:30 P.M. to review the year-end report for the State Substance Abuse strategy and to discuss the priorities for 2015. The meeting is at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Service Building, 540 Cedar Street, St Paul, Room number ELA 2390.

Tougher law, new resources add to fight against synthetic drugs

Minnesotans also have a new website to get factual information about the dangers and risks posed by the deadly substances.

KnowTheDangers.com is designed to provide resources and information for parents, youth, educators, health care professionals and others who may encounter synthetic drugs. Visitors to KnowTheDangers.com can learn what types of substances, packaging and paraphernalia to look for, as well as what effects these drugs may have and how to reach out for help. The website is optimized for mobile and tablet devices. More information is available in a news release.

Minnesota takes key steps in fight against opiate abuse

Efforts to curb a wave of prescription drug abuse and addiction to other opiates marked the first full year of the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy. Minnesota met the strategy's immediate goals to increase education for physicians and other front-line professionals about treatments for opioid dependence, how abuse of opioid-based prescription drugs can lead to addiction to other opiates like heroin and how to reverse an opiate overdose. More information is in a  news release about the substance abuse strategy's first-year report .


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