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.
- 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.