Minnetonka Public Schools Start Pilot Program to Combat Opioid Abuse

November 02, 2017 03:46 PM

Minnetonka Public Schools has become the first district in the state to roll out a pilot program aimed at opioid use prevention.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement teamed up this summer to create the program.

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Hundreds of the district's eighth and tenth-grade students will go through the "Chasing the Dragon" program in November.

The program begins with a 45-minute documentary, detailing the dangers of opioid addiction. It's followed up by a panel discussion, including law enforcement officers and people actually recovering from opioid abuse.

The program is completed by small groups working on a project together.

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Pete Dymit, the principal at Minnetonka Middle School East, said he is proud to be part of the first district working to find solutions with the FBI and DEA.

He hopes the approach resonates with the students, whom he said are at a critical phase of their lives.

"This is an issue that knows no economic, demographic or geographic boundaries," Dymit said. 

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"The number of parents that have shared with me that they know people in their family personally struggling with this has been eye-opening to me."

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