Lakeville to host heroin town forum

Event is March 13 at City Hall

(Note: The headline in the March 10 print edition used the incorrect date of March 16.)

Heroin and opioid abuse worldwide has reached epidemic proportions and is a growing problem in Lakeville, according to Lakeville Police Chief Jeff Long.

He said in his latest LPD Chief’s Report, posted on Facebook March 6, Lakeville’s demographic is a perfect fit for heroin and opioid addiction, abuse and overdose.

“The fastest growing users in America are young, white middle-class people,” Long said, noting the illegal drug is two to four times more potent than morphine, has much faster onset and users often mix it with fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller.

Long described fentanyl as 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine, adding that in the past year, there have been multiple heroin overdose deaths in Lakeville of people ranging in age from 19 to 51.

Heroin addiction, which often starts with use of prescription pain medication, is such a growing concern in Lakeville, Lakeville Rotary and Lakeville Police Department are hosting a town forum to discuss the topic March 13 at Lakeville City Hall, 20195 Holyoke Ave.

Resources and information will be available starting at 6 p.m. and discussion starts at 6:45 p.m.

Speakers include addiction specialist Carol Ackley, who will provide information about opioid addiction. A young man in recovery from addiction will share his story, a local narcotics officer will speak about what he has seen throughout the county and Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom will share information about opioid and heroin criminal issues.

Admission to the event is free, and it is open to all residents.