The statistic was repeated multiple times by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 30-plus years and I can tell you the stuff keeps me up at night,” the sheriff said to an audience of parents, students and concerned residents at Wayzata High School. “In 2016, Hennepin County saw 153 opioid-related deaths.”
The record-high number, which represents a 39 percent increase over 2015, was the impetus for the sheriff’s office’s #NOverdose campaign.
“We’re going to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths, that’s the number one strategic plan of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in 2017,” Stanek said.