Golden Valley mother sheds light on opioid epidemic
There were an alarming number of opioid deaths last year in Hennepin County. As a result the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has begun a year-long prevention campaign called "NOverdose."

Golden Valley's Rhoda Michaelynn lost her son, Adam, in 2016 to an overdose and is trying to make people aware of this crisis.

"The problem is immense," Michaelynn said. "On so many different levels it affects people of all different economic groups,  education groups. It's people who don't think it will happen to them."

Minnesota had a reported 338 opioid overdose deaths in 2015, up 6 percent from the year before. The problem affects people in major cities, rural areas and the suburbs. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is hoping to team up with law enforcement agencies, school districts and other groups who can assist in this effort.

The goal is to educate parents and kids about drug risk and current trends.

Michaelynn says there needs to better insurance coverage for those battling opioid addiction. Some addicts hide their problem because of embarrassment and shame, a stigma she says needs to be erased.

Eric Nelson, reporting

January 31, 2017


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