Issue 22: Quarter 1 of 4
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Partnership for Change (PFC) is a local coalition of youth, parents, schools, law enforcement, and community groups that are working together to reduce drug use among youth and young adults in northwest Hennepin County. Learn more here.
DEA's 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has highest-ever partner participation
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Robbinsdale Hy-Vee, Partnership for Change, North Memorial Health and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration hosted a drug take back day event.  Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat of District 1 stopped by to see the event in action. A total of 21 boxes were collected at the collection site at Robbinsdale Hy-Vee, and several community members received flyers about permanent medicine disposal boxes throughout the county! Hennepin County Sheriff's Office collected 478 pounds of unneeded medications at the three collection sites on Saturday, April 27th from 10am-2pm held at Robbinsdale Hy-Vee, Bloomington Walgreens, and Minnetonka Walgreens.

Did you miss take back day? No worries! You can still drop off your unused or expired prescription medications at locations in our community all year round! Find a permanent medicine disposal box here.

Stay tuned! More medicine disposal boxes will be installed throughout 2019! See below for more information about the newest drop-box location.
New Medicine Disposal Box located at
Brooklyn Park Police Department

On Wednesday, May 29th, Brooklyn Park Police Department Deputy Chief Mark Bruley joined Partnership for Change coalition members to celebrate the opening of the new medicine disposal box. The MedReturn receptacle, located in the lobby of the Brooklyn Park Police Department (5400 85th Avenue North) is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and medications can be dropped off with no questions asked. Special thanks to Inspector Shane DuPaul, Deputy Chief Mark Bruley and Environmentalist Ryan Gastecki from Hennepin County Environment and Energy Department for working with us ensure the department met all compliance requirements and getting the box ready to start collecting excess medications from community members.

If you'd like to learn more about the medicine disposal box program in the county and our partnership with Hennepin County Environment and Energy Department, please join us at our upcoming coalition meeting on Tuesday, June 11th at Maple Grove Government Center. Ryan will be joining us to give an overview.

From left to right: Jeff Wigfield, North Memorial Health outpatient pharmacy manager; Teresa Lunt, Partnership for Change steering committee member & parent representative; Deputy Chief Mark Bruley, Brooklyn Park Police Department; Tara Helm, Partnership for Change coordinator; Sheila Nesbitt, North Memorial Health injury prevention coordinator; Paula Van Avery, Brooklyn Park Police Department community liaison; and Marie Maslowski, North Memorial Health community health outreach manager.
FDA Launches "Remove the Risk" Campaign for
Safe Disposal of Unused Opioids

On April 25, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched its "Remove the Risk" campaign, aimed at promoting the safe disposal of unused opioids, specifically seeking to reach women aged 35 to 64.

The agency’s action plan involves 4 steps:
  1. Reduce exposure to opioids and prevent new addiction
  2. Support the treatment of opioid use disorder
  3. Foster the development of novel pain medications
  4. Improve drug enforcement and assess the benefits and risks profile of available opioid medications
Over half of individuals who misuse opioids are thought to acquire these drugs from a person in their circle who was left with unused pills, said Douglas Throckmorton, MD deputy center director for regulatory programs at the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Read more here about the campaign.

Safe Opioid Disposal - Remove the Risk Outreach Toolkit

Secondhand marijuana smoke is not just a growing nuisance, it's dangerous
Comprehensive smoke-free protections are at risk, as marijuana proponents and lobbyists pressure states and cities to make exemptions for marijuana smoking.

Early studies show that secondhand marijuana smoke is very similar to secondhand tobacco smoke.

Read the article here.

North Carolina sues Juul, setting up a fresh legal fight for the embattled e-cigarette company

Read more here.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale, or vape, aerosolized liquid. E-cigarettes recently surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth.

Learn more from the Minnesota Department of Health website here.
Resources for schools are available, including
a toolkit to address student use.  
Photo by ©Shutterstock/ Stephen Orsillo

Use of Alcohol and Cannabis Among Adults Driving Children in Washington State
According to a roadside survey conducted in Washington State, 14.1% of drivers with children in the car--nearly one in seven--tested positive for THC, the principal psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Read more here...
Coalition Member, Teresa Lunt, testifies before the Minnesota Senate, Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee
In March, the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee voted down a bill that would have legalized the commercial sale of marijuana in the state. If you would like to watch the video of the hearing,
here is the link.

Dale Quigley, the Deputy Coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program presented during the hearing. Past Chair of PFC, Teresa Lunt, testified, as well as Plymouth Police Chief Michael Goldstein.
At Least 55% of Minnesotans are in a Jurisdiction with a Social Host Ordinance
This ordinance provides a consistent message to youth about the importance of choosing not to drink alcohol before age 21.

A social host ordinance holds someone responsible if they knowingly provide an environment where underage consumption occurs. In the Partnership for Change region, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope and Plymouth have a social host ordinance. Osseo expanded its ordinance in 2015 to include marijuana or other controlled substances, in addition to alcohol. Learn more on our website here.

See the Minnesota Resource Prevention Center Infographic here about Social Host Ordinances in Minnesota.

PFC "In the News"

Opioids Series--Addressing the Issue

Partnership for Change was featured in the Hometown Source, Sun Sailor, during a multi-week series on opioid abuse to discuss our community prevention work. In addition to describing our medicine abuse prevention strategy, the article also discussed efforts by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office to combat the opioid epidemic.

Find the article featuring PFC here.
Potential Grant Opportunity & Publication in JAMA Surgery
University of Minnesota School of Public Health Epidemiologist, Dr. Traci Toomey partnered with Partnership for Change and Minnesota Department of Health to submit grant proposals with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to evaluate the Place of Last Drink (POLD) Program in Minnesota. We are anxiously waiting to hear results from the review process, which should take place for both grant proposals in June. 

In addition, a paper on POLD will be published in June. One of the trauma service providers at North Memorial Hospital, Dr. Michaela West, is the lead author on "Use of a Novel Statewide Public Health Tool to Estimate Miles Driven by Intoxicated Drivers". The paper was accepted for publication in JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) Surgery. We will share the paper when it's officially released.

Upcoming Trainings

As a reminder, all training fees for coalition members can be covered by our grant funding.
Reach out to Tara if you are interested in attending a course or conference. 

2019 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health
Marijuana, E-Cigarettes & Opioids among Adolescents: Navigating the Now

When: July 29th through July 31st, 8am-4:30pm
Where: Midpointe Event Center, 415 Pascal Street North, St. Paul, MN 55104
Who should attend? All who work with parents and young people
Find out more information here!

2019 Minnesota Prevention Program Sharing Conference
When: October 24 and October 25
Where: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
Who should attend?
Those interested in preventing substance abuse in their communities.

Find out more information here!

Online Training Course: Opioid Overdose Prevention
5 hour online training course to help understand and address the opioid crisis.
Who should attend? Prevention practitioners & others working to prevent opioid overdoses
Find out more information here!

Webinar: "Accuracy of Medical Marijuana Claims by Popular Websites"
CADCA's Webinar Series
When: Thursday, June 13th at 12 PM Central Time
About the Webinar: Morgan Sperry, Pharm.D. and Katelyn Boatwright, Pharm.D. will discuss their published findings that 76% of claims made on the top 10 websites most commonly used to access medical marijuana information is inaccurate.
To register for the webinar, please click here.

Webinar: "What if Marijuana were NOT a Schedule 1 Drug?
Legal and Policy Implications"

Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law 
When: Thursday, June 6th at 12 PM Central Time
About the Webinar: Presenters will flag a range of potential issues to consider were this scenario to occur -- including the federal government's revised regulatory oversight role; factors influencing the persistent illegal market; state and local control in many facets of marijuana regulation; and the likely development of a major consolidated marijuana industry, similar to the tobacco industry. 
To register for the webinar, please click here.

Upcoming PFC Meetings
This newsletter was developed in part under grant number SP 020307-10 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
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