Rice County Mobile Opioid Support Team

The Mobile Opioid Support Team has expertise in local recovery resources and social services that will help individuals identify and address their needs and begin and sustain recovery. The team will meet individuals anywhere in the community, and visits can continue as long as the participant asks for additional support.

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Data Collection

data-collectionAnnually, middle and high school students voluntarily participate in the Developmental Assets Profile (DAP). The DAP survey was developed by Search Institute, an organization committed to researching factors that help young people succeed. Search has identified 40 Developmental Assets that contribute to the success of young people – things like support, boundaries and expectations, commitment to learning and positive values. The DAP survey measures the number of 40 Developmental Assets possessed by the group of participating students and provides rich data for identifying areas of great strength, as well as potential growth.

As part of the DAP survey, the Coalition is also able to gather data on the four Core Measures related to alcohol and other drug use. These additional questions ask youth about their perceptions of risk, peer approval, and parental disapproval regarding use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs. The survey also collects data on student use of all four substances in the previous 30 days.

Together, the DAP and four Core Measures surveys provide an overall picture of how Rice County young people are doing. Used in conjunction with data from law enforcement, community corrections and treatment providers, as well as trend data from past years, the Coalition is able to create a strategic work plan that directly addresses needs.

Law Enforcement Enhancement

night-to-unite2The Coalition is proud to support local law enforcement agencies as they work to make our communities healthy and safe. Despite limited time and stretched resources, our law enforcement officers believe in the power of prevention and are willing to take extra steps to stop crime before it starts.

Night to Unite Support

Night to Unite, formerly National Night Out, is celebrated annually on the 1st Tuesday of August and rallies neighbors together as a way to prevent crime and increase positive relationships with police. In cooperation with law enforcement, the Coalition provides party kits to each registered neighborhood across the country and assists with the publicity for the event.


Local law enforcement agencies eagerly accept any information about suspicious activity or criminal behavior. Recently, the Coalition and law enforcement partners implemented a text-based, 100% anonymous reporting system that utilizes the internet and cell phones. The Coalition is responsible for marketing Tip411 to middle and high school-aged students and families, as well as the community at large.

How to use TIP411

Surveillance Support

The Coalition maintains a mobile surveillance camera that can be deployed in areas where drug sales and drug use are reportedly prevalent. The camera not only has the capabilities of capturing incriminating footage, but also serves as a deterrent to those persons involved in drug use or sales. The Coalition provided signs for public parks, informing community members about possible surveillance, including instructions on how to report suspicious behavior anonymously.

For more information about Law Enforcement enhancement, contact info@northfieldhci.org.

Legislation Education & Advocacy

capitolThe Coalition creates opportunities to pursue a positive relationship with local Minnesota State Senators and Representatives. Annually, the Coalition hosts these elected officials to provide an update on the work of the Coalition and to discuss current issues or trends potentially impacted by legislation. The legalization of medical marijuana, opiate abuse crisis, and need for more available treatment beds are just a few of the topics that have been examined in recent years. For more information, contact info@northfieldhci.org.

Naloxone Accessibility Program

The Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition and community partners have worked to increase the availability and accessibility of Naloxone throughout Rice County.

Community members can pick up a naloxone kit at the following Rice County pharmacies for $35 dollars. No prescription required; financial assistance available.

  • Allina Health/District One Pharmacy: 200 State Ave, Faribault, MN 55021
  • Cub Pharmacy: 2423 MN-3, Northfield, MN 55057
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy: 1920 Grant St NW, Faribault, MN 55021
  • Northfield Pharmacy: 601 Water St S, Northfield, MN 55057
  • Sterling Pharmacy Faribault: 430 2nd Ave NW, Faribault, MN 55021
  • Sterling Pharmacy Northfield: 700 Division St S, Northfield, MN 55057

Parent and Community Awareness

Several strategies are used to increase the knowledge of parents and community members around youth alcohol and drug use. Ranging from parent postcards, school newsletters and local media outlets to expert training and presentations, the Coalition keeps the ever changing landscape of youth alcohol and drug use in the forefront of people’s minds.

Hidden In Plain Sight

This community education tool teaches viewers about how teens conceal their alcohol and drug use. The display features a variety of “hides” (common household product containers used to secretly store marijuana, pills, alcohol, and other drugs without raising the suspicions of adults). Hidden in Plain Sight also educates adults about other familiar objects used to consume drugs or mask the smells and appearance of drug use.

Stalls Campaign

A county-wide effort to reach young adults, the Stalls Campaign involves posters in bathroom stalls at local restaurants and bars frequented by 18 – 25 year olds. This series of messages is strategically placed where young adults may have a private moment to consider the information. Topics include local resources for opiate addiction, Don’t Run – Call 911, the Sober Cab program and Tip411 Anonymous Reporting.

For more information about efforts to raise awareness among parents and community members, contact info@northfieldhci.org.

Rx Drug Abuse Response

In an effort to address increased opioid use among Rice County youth, the Coalition has implemented two main strategies:

Take It To the Box & Lock It In The Box

Take It To the Box

tttb-logoIn 2007, the Coalition developed a permanent medication disposal program in cooperation with local law enforcement to reduce youth access to commonly abused prescription medication. Aptly named “Take It To The Box”, collection receptacles are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To date, Take It To The Box has collected and disposed over 9 tons of unwanted medication. In addition to safe disposal, Take It To The Box also promotes safe use and safe storage of medication.

Drop-off boxes are located in the lobbies of the police departments in Faribault and Northfield, plus the Rice County Sheriff’s office.

  • Faribault Police Department: 25 4th St NW, Faribault, MN
  • Northfield Police Department: 1615 Riverview Drive, Northfield, MN
  • Rice County Sheriff’s Office: 118 3rd St NW, Faribault, MN

Lock It In The Box

lockboxLockable medicine containers are available to purchase for home use at a reduced cost at these locations:

  • Sterling Drug, 700 Division St., Northfield
  • Sterling Drug, 430 2nd Ave. NW, Faribault
  • Rice County Public Health, 320 3rd St. SW, Faribault
  • HealthFinders, 223 Central Ave., Faribault

Naloxone (Narcan)

Click to watch the Naloxone Saves Lives video. Learn about overdose and how to administer naloxone.

In addition to reducing access to prescription drugs, the Coalition works with local law enforcement, emergency responders, treatment providers, pharmacies and physicians to promote the use of naloxone (Narcan). In 2014, Steve’s Law was signed by the Minnesota State Legislature, enabling first responders to carry naloxone, a life-saving drug used to reverse opiate overdose. In addition, Steve’s Law offers legal protection for anyone who witnesses a drug overdose if they call 911, stay on scene and participate in answering questions from law enforcement. The Coalition has promoted “Don’t Run, Call 911” through community posters and student education. The Coalition has also coordinated training for first responders in Rice County and supported a training with the Rummler Foundation for community members seeking a nalaxone prescription. Sterling Pharmacy has stepped forward to assist in making a training video for anyone receiving a prescription for naloxone, providing the education necessary for proper administration of the drug. The Coalition is continuing to work on physician education and is working with clinics to educate the public about obtaining naloxone.

For more information on prescription drug abuse, Take It To The Box or efforts around naloxone and Steve’s Law, contact info@northfieldhci.org.

Support for Schools

The Chemical Health Coalition enjoys strong partnerships with local public, private and charter schools and supports each school according to their unique needs, individual mission and existing resources. Some examples include:

  • youth-and-adultPREVENTION PROGRAMS – The Coalition works with schools to identify prevention programming that fits their school’s model and existing efforts around behavior and school climate. Programs occur during the school day and/or after school depending on whether the program targets all students or a sub-population of students.
  • CURRICULUM SUPPORT – The Coalition is able to provide funding for schools desiring to implement evidence-based curricula that promote alcohol and drug prevention, social-emotional health and positive school climate. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis as funds are available. To access the application for funding, CLICK HERE.
  • POLICY WORK – The Coalition provides assistance to schools in examining existing policies and procedures regarding substance use and informs best-practice implementation.
  • GRANT APPLICATION SUPPORT – The Coalition is supportive of schools seeking to acquire additional resources for student programs and is able to provide letters of support, proposal/program development,  and grant writing assistance.
  • STAFF TRAINING – The Coalition works with schools to provide relevant and engaging staff training and continuing education opportunities on a variety of topics.
  • STUDENT LEADERSHIP/INVOLVEMENT – The Coalition serves as a resource for student groups aiming to educate their peers about the risk of using alcohol and drugs. In turn, the students also help the Coalition by delivering important messages and information to their peers.
  • CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS – Coalition members regularly share their expertise with local students regarding the legal, social and health consequences associated with alcohol and drug abuse.
  • PARENT EDUCATION – The Coalition coordinates parent education opportunities via formal presentations, displays at parent events, school newsletters and mass e-mails.

For more information about support for schools contact, info@northfieldhci.org.

Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws

Social Host Ordinances, ZAP, Alcohol Server Training and Compliance Checks provide a four-pronged approach to addressing underage drinking in Rice County. Engaging law enforcement, county and city attorneys, schools and alcohol establishments, the Coalition works to maintain a legal system that does not tolerate underage drinking.

socialhostlogoSOCIAL HOST ORDINANCES have been in effect in Rice County since 2011, closing the loophole on underage drinking laws. A social host ordinance makes it illegal to knowingly provide a location/environment for underage drinking. This differs from laws that make it illegal to provide alcohol to minors. The person responsible for “hosting” the party, even a juvenile, can be charged with a social host violation.

zaplogoZERO ALCOHOL PROVIDERS (ZAP) is a multi-jurisdictional response to large underage drinking parities. ZAP protocol maintains that officers will treat underage drinking parties as a crime scene – obtaining a warrant if necessary, interviewing all party goers, and collecting evidence in order to identify and charge the person(s) responsible.

The Coalition offers BEVERAGE SERVER TRAINING to alcohol license holders and their employees as a way to reduce youth access to alcohol. The training content, developed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, includes information on the risks associated with underage drinking and the legal and social consequences of selling to those under 21.

Police departments regularly conduct COMPLIANCE CHECKS at all alcohol and tobacco establishments as a way to test their sales practices. While supervised by police, an underage individual attempts to purchase tobacco or alcohol using their own I.D. or without an I.D. at all. If the employee sells to the youth, the establishment fails the check. The Coalition publicly recognizes those businesses who pass checks through local media outlets and by presenting them with a certificate of appreciation.

For more information about enforcing underage drinking laws, contact ashley@northfieldhci.org.

Support for People in Recovery

The Chemical Health Coalition honors and celebrates people who are in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction and mental illness and disorders. As a way to reduce stigma, the Coalition participates in a number of activities that highlight the courage, strength, talent and success of people in recovery. In addition, the Coalition works in partnership with the Rice County Mental Health Collective to raise awareness about how common these disorders are and that getting help is okay.

September is national Recovery Month sponsored by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) and is a time to acknowledge the reality of addiction, the power of recovery and the need to reduce stereotypes and discrimination. In honor of Recovery Month, Fountain Centers sponsors a “Recovery’s Got Talent” talent contest for people in recovery and people who support those in recovery. Competitions are held in various cities in southern Minnesota. Another event held in September is RecoveryFest. RecoveryFest is a family-friendly gathering of the local recovery community held at Central Park in Faribault, MN. It features live music, food and activities. It is free and open to the public.

For more information about efforts to support people in recovery contact info@northfieldhci.org.

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