Select actions from the May 22 County Board meeting.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
(The following news release comes from Hennepin County.) County Board Actions includes summaries of only a portion of the total actions of the board, selected for general news interest. For complete information on all resolutions and actions by the board, see the information below. New Webber Park Library removed from budget The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners removed the New North Minneapolis (Webber Park) Library from the capital project budget – cancelling plans for a new library and, instead, allocating $500,000 for improvements to the old library in 2013. The action was taken because efforts to assemble properties for the site of the new library – in particular, a parcel at 1423 45th Ave. N. – were unsuccessful. …
Abuse of prescription painkillers a gateway to local heroin use, they say.
Meth is out and heroin is in, according to three metro area sheriffs who said some abusers of prescription painkillers are moving on to heroin to feed their addictions. Sheriffs Rich Stanek of Hennepin County, Matt Bostrom of Ramsey County and James Stuart of Anoka County held a press conference in Minneapolis Thursday to rally community awareness of heroin use they said is spreading across the Twin Cities. The evidence that prescription drugs are a gateway to heroin use is anecdotal, but authorities can tabulate the grim consequences of heroin's growing local popularity. Compounding the danger is that heroin sold locally is of 93.5 percent purity, Stanek said—among the most pure in the nation. Not the Heroin Problem of Your Father's Era …