Forum in Ely to address opioid and methamphetamine epidemic

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

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

Linnea Mirsch



October 17, 2017

CONTACT: Jeff Polcher, Social Worker

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Initiative


Community forum in Ely to address drug epidemic in region 

As people across the country continue to look for solutions to the continuing crisis of illegal opioid and methamphetamine use, St. Louis County and area agencies are partnering to raise awareness about the dangers and effects here at home. 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, October 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ely Memorial High School, 600 East Harvey Street in Ely. 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