PREVENTING YOUTH SUBSTANCE USE & INCREASING COMMUNITY COLLABORATION
90% of adults who struggle with substance use, started using substances before the age of 18. For this reason targeted youth prevention efforts are essential to combating the opioid epidemic.
Through effective prevention within schools and juvenile detention centers, youth peer support services, community education events, drug take back day events, awareness campaigns and more we can combat this epidemic and make a lasting impact.
Know The Truth partners with the OPUS coalition to bring substance use prevention education and peer support services to youth in Ramsey County. Through classroom presentations, Youth Peer Support Services, and a Youth Action Team we work to support youth, connect them to resources and reduce the risk of students engaging in substance use.
Through the coalition's Drug Free Communities grant funding, we are able to offer our services FREE of charge to Ramsey county schools.
The Ramsey County Opioid Prevention and Unified Services Coalition (OPUS) was developed to establish greater unity between law enforcement, courts, schools, and other community resources. Since 2017 our goal has been to engage, advocate, inform and bring awareness of substance use issues throughout Ramsey County, MN through education, prevention, enforcement and treatment to build a healthy, safe and drug free community.
Join us at one of our next meetings
OPUS Coalition Monthly Meeting
Meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month.
Contact Sadie Brown at Sadie.Brown@mnpra.org for more information about the coalition or about our upcoming meetings.
Youth Action Team
Effective prevention messaging begins by partnering with youth to identify and develop strategies for substance use prevention by them for them. We consider youth as the expert as it relates to how the education and messaging will impact them.
We are always looking for youth to join our action team! Youth receive a digital Target gift card for participation.
Youth Action Team members can influence their friends and peers to make smart & healthy choices surrounding substance use.
Build leadership skills.
Create network of friends who are interested in helping make communities healthier.
Gain an understanding of prevention & recovery fields.
Great addition to college applications & scholarships.
Youth Action Team Monthly Meeting
Meetings are on the second Wednesday of every month.
Location: We are currently meeting on ZOOM
ZOOM ID: 292 409 8441