Substance Misuse Prevention

Carlton County Public Health and Human Services started doing community programming to reduce substance use in 2013. In collaboration with other county departments and community partners, we work to prevent substance use in Carlton County through a variety of different strategies. Strategies include: building community partnerships and collaboration, safe disposal of prescription medications, youth prevention, community trainings (ex. naloxone, etc.), community engagement events, stigma reduction, and supporting individuals in recovery. Learn more about how Carlton County is reducing substance use below.

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Carlton County Drug Prevention Coalition: The mission of the Carlton County Drug Prevention Coalition is to is to engage, inform, and bring awareness of substance use issues through education, prevention, enforcement, intervention, treatment, and recovery to build a healthy and safe community. The coalition is made up of a variety of professionals and community members working on strategies to reduce substance use in Carlton County. We address the entire spectrum of prevention from primary prevention efforts and programming to supporting those in recovery.

The coalition meets monthly on the first Monday of the month from 12 – 1pm. Feel free to attend meetings either in-person at the Carlton County Transportation Building or virtually through Microsoft Teams. Contact Ali Bachinski for more information.

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Safe Prescription Medication Disposal Program:

  • Contact Ali Bachinski (218-481-4287 or ali.bachinski@co.carlton.mn.us) to receive a free safe prescription medication disposal kit at no cost shipped directly to your home.
  • Attend bi-annual prescription medication Drug Take Back Days in 2024
    • April – check back for updated details at the beginning of April
    • October – check back for updated details at the beginning of October
  • Dispose your unused prescription medications for free year – round at the following locations:
    • Carlton County Sheriff’s Office 
    • Cloquet City Hall
    • Moose Lake Police Department
    • Min No Aya Win Clinic


Carlton County Opioid Settlement Funds: Carlton County is expected to receive approximately $3 million dollars over the next 18 years as a result of national class action lawsuits against manufactures and distributors of pharmaceutical opioids. The settlement isn’t meant to compensate individuals who have suffered opioid-related harm; it’s meant to provide funding to state, local, and tribal governments to implement forward-looking programs to reduce opioid use and opioid related deaths in communities.

To be in compliance with spending the funds, Carlton County must follow the MN Memorandum of Agreement to address strategies to reduce opioid use.

In year 1 of the funds; Carlton County utilized the funding in the following areas:

  • Treatment: funded contract with Recovery Alliance Duluth to start a Peer Support Recovery program.
  • Prevention:
    1. Leadership and coordination of the Carlton County Drug Prevention Coalition
    2. Expanded safe prescription medication disposal program
    3. Messaging to reduce substance use in the community and reduce stigma
  • Other Strategies: funded contract to do evaluation for the program which includes developing measures, tracking outcomes, creating a dashboard of local data, and conducting focus groups with individuals with lived experience to guide future planning.