4/2/2013 12:14:00 PM Heroin and opiate
informational seminar coming to Dodge County
By Tara Lindquist
Dodge County Drug Court, Dodge County Family Services Collaborative, Dodge County Sheriff's Department and Kasson Police Department are sponsoring an informational seminar on Opiates and heroin on Monday, April 15, at 7 pm at the Kasson Mantorville High School.
Dr. Charles Reznikoff, an addiction medicine specialist from Hennepin Medical Center, will be speaking that evening. A Rochester mother, Sharon Schlingmann will also be speaking. Schlingmann lost her daughter Rachael to a heroin overdose in August of last year. Rachael was an aspiring model and a college student. "Sharon will be speaking about the loss of her daughter and how heroin can take anyone's life," Amanda Linderman, Drug Court Case Manager explained. "There is no real stereotype of person that uses the drug."
Heroin in Minnesota is the second most pure in the nation and is the cheapest here in Minnesota. Heroin is a growing concern in the state, with the easy access to the drug and the low cost it is easy for people to become addicted. "Right now it's cheap but once more and more people become addicted to it, the purity of it will go down and the price will go up," Linderman said. "It's a great public health concern."
Prescription drug abuse of Opiates, drugs like oxycontin, vicoden and percocet are also on the rise.
"There have been other agencies here in Dodge County that have had contact with people who use heroin, but as of right now we have no one in drug court that is in treatment for being addicted to it."
Tim Volz of EmPower CTC, an outpatient treatment center in Rochester will also be there to answer questions about the drug and to explain a treatment program they have started that is centered around only heroin use.
The presentation is open to the public and there is no cost for admission.