Opioids: Crisis in the Northland is a television and digital project that addresses many facets of the opioid epidemic in our region in order to encourage conversations and solutions around this devastating issue.
Throughout the six-part miniseries, digital-only videos and podcasts, the project will highlight stories of those affected by opioids, including those experiencing opioid abuse disorders and their families, law enforcement, law makers and the medical community. Through their stories, this project will work to de-stigmatize opioid abuse disorders, inspire community-wide conversation, and encourage discussion around solutions.
Opioid overdoses are killing more people in St. Louis County per capita than anywhere else in Minnesota. As the death toll mounts, so do the social and economic impacts in our region, in communities both large and small, tragically altering the lives of individuals and families.
How do we respond to this crisis as a community? How is it affecting our healthcare system, law enforcement services, courts, schools and homes? What can we learn from stories of success and recovery? How do we connect people to resources of help and hope?