Forum in Hibbing to address opioid and methamphetamine epidemic

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Public Health & Human Services Dept. • 320 West Second Street, Suite 605 • Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2096 •

Linnea Mirsch




July 12, 2017

CONTACT: Jeff Polcher, Social Worker

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Initiative


Community forum in Hibbing to address drug epidemic in region

The growing crisis of illegal opioid and methamphetamine use is an issue across the country, and St. Louis County is no exception. This region has been hit hard by violent crimes related to drugs, overdoses, and a skyrocketing number of children being placed in foster care due to parents battling addictions.


What can be done and what resources are available for people seeking help? St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services is partnering with other local agencies to offer a forum on the issue. The event will be Wednesday, July 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School, 1114 East 23rd Street in Hibbing. The forum is free and open to the public.


The evening's agenda includes:

  • 5 p.m - Informational booths and informal conversation time
  • 6 p.m. - Panel discussion featuring representatives from St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services; law enforcement, the County Attorney's Office and a judge; an addiction survivor; and others who work with people drug and mental health issues
  • 7 p.m. - Question and answer time, plus partner organizations available for additional information and training