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Washington County Sheriff's Office and Lakeview Hospital EMS Partner to Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths

Stillwater, Minn. — Lakeview Hospital and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) are collaborating on a project to reduce accidental opioid overdoses in Washington County. Opioids are commonly associated with the illegal drug, heroin; however, opioids (opium) are also included in prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and fentanyl.

Opioid use and opioid-related overdoses are an increasing problem in the U.S. and in the Twin Cities metro areas, including Washington County. In 2015, Lakeview’s Emergency Medicine Services (EMS) staff responded to more than 200 potential opioid overdose calls and administered Naloxone Hydrochloride – also known as Narcan – in 30 of those instances. Naloxone can reverse the effects of an opiod overdose.

As part of the opioid project collaboration, Lakeview EMS staff supplies Naloxone to the WCSO licensed deputies and trains the staff on how to administer the medication to patients in the event they are on the scene of an opioid overdose prior to the EMS team arriving. Deputies use a preloaded kit (see picture below) that has an atomizer (mist) that is administered through the nasal cavity.

“Having our deputies trained to administer Naloxone could be lifesaving for citizens,” said Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton. “In Washington County, we’re seeing prescription opiates being sold and possessed. Despite our proactive efforts to educate and enforce, we continue to see overdoses in our community.” “This partnership with our county’s sheriff’s office is important for our community and the health of our residents,” said Ted Wegleitner, Lakeview Hospital President.

Drug overdose deaths, driven largely by prescription overdoses, are the leading cause of injury death in the United States – surpassing motor vehicle crashes.

Washington County has three anonymous (no questions asked) collection sites for people to turn in opioids and other prescription drugs.

Washington County Sheriff's Office
Law Enforcement Center
15015 62nd Street North
P.O. Box 3801
Stillwater, MN 55082

Washington County Cottage Grove Service Center
13000 Ravine Parkway South
Cottage Grove MN 55016

Washington County Headwaters Service Center
19995 Forest Lake Road North
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Washington County Sheriff's Office, County Attorney's Office Join Forces to Confront Traffickers

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Washington County Attorney's Office, has set up a tip line to report human/sex trafficking information. You may remain anonymous. That number is (651) 430-7825.

If there appears to be imminent or immediate danger to someone, call 911.

See the Sheriff's Office Investigations page for more in-depth information and available resources on the crime of Trafficking.

Video on our Mounted Patrol Unit

If you would like to know more about our Mounted Patrol Unit or you are interested in joining, please watch this video.

Scam Alert

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service regarding a scam. It has been reported a male posing as a deputy from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has started calling local residents. The posing deputy requests the citizen to call/talk to the IRS because they owe money. The scammer warns of a warrant arrest if the money is not paid. The fake deputy has is using a phone spoofing number that comes up as a Sheriff's Office Records phone number, but ask you to call back to an out of state phone number.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, local police departments and the courts will NEVER call residents and demand that they pay outstanding fines or tickets by phone, especially with pre-paid credit cards. If anyone has been a victim of this scam and has not already reported it they should call their local police agency.