Opioid Information - SAPII


Opioids are a class of drug that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers available by prescription - such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. Regular use--even as prescribed by a doctor--can produce dependence, leading to addiction and when misused or abused, opioid pain relievers can lead to fatal overdose. Like other chronic diseases, addiction stemming from chemical dependency can be treated.

Substance Abuse Prevention & Intervention Initiative (SAPII)

The Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Initiative was established by the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners in 2014. The individuals that serve on this initiative provide a wide array of services including: consultation, professional development, community education, and outreach programs.

Prevention Works

  • According to the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey:
  • In the last 30 days, 94% of St. Louis County 11th graders reported NO use of un-prescribed medications.
  • During the last 12 months, 99% of St. Louis County 11th graders reported NO heroin use
  • In the last year, 93% of male and 95% of female St Louis County 11th graders have not engaged in binge drinking.

Opioid Use Risks and Symptoms

Opioid use is extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Although anyone can be at risk for prescription drug/heroin initiation, many types of people fall into a category of "most risk for addiction". Signs and symptoms of use may vary depending on a variety of factors, but keep in mind that it's possible to not have obvious signs or symptoms.

Opioid Use Risks and Symptoms

Local Resources & Help

There are many resources to help yourself or a loved one and ways to become involved in helping address the opioid crisis.

Local Resources and Help

Seeking Help

Many community resources, groups and facilities exist to help those looking to gain help for themselves or a loved one. Everything from others ready to talk with you because they know your struggles to places to obtain Naloxone/Narcan.

Seeking Help

Professional Resources

The St. Louis County Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Initiative (SAPII) Team was established to create awareness, consult, educate, and collaborate with community professionals. Within this team program are opportunities to face the opioid crisis as a professional in the community.

Professionals Resources


South St. Louis County


North St. Louis County 



All contacts


Substance Abuse Prevention & Intervention Initiative


The SAPII team serves as a resource within the county providing community education and outreach.  To contact a SAPII staff

Virginia - Jana Blomberg

Duluth - Marcia Gurno

Duluth - Matt Johnson

Duluth - Alicia Randall