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Issue 21: Quarter 3 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.
Understanding Marijuana

There are misconceptions and questions about marijuana, such as:

"We can get tax revenue if we legalize marijuana."

"Alcohol is legal, why shouldn't marijuana also be legal?"

"Is marijuana medicine?"

"Legalizing marijuana will reduce opioid use."

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) envisions a society where marijuana policies are aligned with the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms.
Member Spotlight: Jen Holper, MA, LSW

Marketing Director, PrairieCare

"Working in the mental health field I am always looking for ways to connect to the community. The idea of being a part of a community group engaged in making the community a healthier place to live and raise families was just really appealing. I like feeling that my work is part of the solution." Read on...
Minnesota community successfully combats opioid epidemic
Minnesota community successfully combats opioid epidemic
 
A hospital prescription bottle was found at the scene of an overdose. In a county of just over 30,000 residents, one of the community’s four pharmacies alone filled 40,000 narcotic pill prescriptions every single month. Staff members at CHI St. Gabriel’s Health knew they had to do something. "The reality is that it's preventable," said Dr. Kurt Devine.

Read on...
Pharmacy student joins PFC in preventing prescription drug misuse
 
Rowan is working with PFC in opening a medication disposal box at North Memorial Health Outpatient Pharmacy. This would allow patients of North Memorial to have a convenient location to drop off their unused or expired medications. Read on...

See all Hennepin County disposal locations here.
The way Americans drink alcohol is changing

Americans who reported they drank at least once in a year-long period increased by 11%. High-risk drinking, meaning drinking four or more beverages per day at least once a week for women and five or more for men, increased by 30%. Alcohol use disorders, which is where individuals’ drinking interferes with their everyday lives and they find it difficult to stop, increased by almost 50%. Read on...
Upcoming PFC Meetings
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