As the both the nation and our community face the opioid epidemic, Tonka CARES is committed to changing the conversation and the outcome of opioid misuse and addiction in our community. Improving education and awareness, supporting appropriate medicinal use of prescribed medications, diminishing access, supporting early intervention, and medication assisted treatment, Tonka CARES is focused on improving prevention and to breaking down stigma and removing barriers for treatment of this deadly and preventable disease.

Quick Links:

American Society of Addiction Medicine- Opioid Treatment Guide



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What are opioids

Opiate: a drug or medication that is derived from the naturally occurring opium poppy plant (Papaver somniferum). Examples include codeine & morphine.

Opioid: An opioid is a more broad based term and includes both the opiate medications & drugs listed above as well as those that are partially or completely chemically manufactured to result in medications/drugs that cause effects in the body similar to those of naturally occurring opiates. Examples include oxycodone & hydrocodone.

Medication Assisted Treatment & Overdose Reversal Agents

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT): MAT is the use of FDA- approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy, to treat substance use/addiction disorders. MAT approved treatment for opioid use disorder include Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone.

Naloxone: is an FDA-approved medication to reverse opioid overdose. It can be injected (Intramuscular or intravenous) or more commonly used as an intranasal spray. Many first responders and law enforcement officers carrier this life saving medication- however NOT all do. Check with your local service providers for policies.

Facts & Statistics

  • ~175 people are DYING every DAY from drug overdose. Totaling 64,000 deaths in 2017.
  • 80% of current heroin users abused prescription opioids first.
  • Illicit fentanyl is the cause of many "heroin" related deaths.
  • Drug overdose is the leading cause of death in Americans under the age of 50.

Healthy Pain Management

Steve's Law

Steve’s Law: “Specifies that a person, who in good faith seeks medical assistance for another person who is experiencing an alcohol or drug overdose may not be arrested charged, prosecuted, penalized, or have that person’s property subject to civil forfeiture.”

MN State Athletics Association

MN State Athletics Association: Has a No-tolerance policy for all athletics and fine arts activities.

1st violation: 2 game or 2 week suspension

2nd violation: 6 game or 3 week suspension

3rd violation: 12 game or 4-week

Opioids in Minnesota


Counseling and Treatment Services

Relate Counseling:

To make an appointment with Isabella Hopwood at Minnetonka High School visit:


Traverse Counseling:

South Lake Pediatrics:

Hazelden Betty Ford For Teens & Young Adults:

Recovery Networks

Narcotics Anonymous:

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Judy Hanson
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952-401-5056 (desk)