Hennepin County Sheriff Stanek to kids: Don't do drugs, ice fish instead! [UPDATE]

Categories: Drugs, Police
Rich Stanek
-- Update, including comments from Stanek himself, at bottom --

This afternoon, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will meet with a group of children from the Boys and Girls Club of Little Earth to run these words of wisdom by them:

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Don't do drugs, because they're bad. But you know what's fun and isn't bad for you? Ice fishing! So why don't you try that instead?

Left unanswered is the question of why a person can't enjoy ice fishing and drugs, but we're probably thinking too hard about the whole thing.

Stanek's message will be conveyed during the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office's "Hooked on Fishing; Not on Drugs" event, set to take place between 1 and 4 this afternoon at Fort Snelling State Park.

"Drug use has been rampant in [the Little Earth] area," Hennepin County Sheriff Public Information Officer Jennifer Johnson, speaking on behalf of Stanek, told us. "It's about telling kids, 'Say no, don't get started because it's not worth it -- it can ruin your life.'"

Johnson said that although law enforcement is "having a huge issue with heroin in Hennepin County," Stanek's remarks will address the dangers of drug use generally.

"Among teenagers the number one drug is marijuana and the second is prescription pills," she said. "And pills tie in with heroin use, so we want to tell them, 'You're young, you have your whole life ahead of you.' We want to help them make good choices."

"In this community that's had a drug issue, we want to tell the kids, 'Say no to drugs in general,'" Johnson added.

Following Stanek's anti-drug speech, the kids will learn about ice safety, receive miniature tackle boxes with a variety of goodies inside, and then head out on the water "and hope to catch a big one," Johnson said.

"It's very similar to the DARE program," she continued. "We teach kids that drugs can look like candy, pills, or come in little baggies, and ask them, 'What are you gonna do if you come across these things? Tell an adult. And if you're asked to do drugs, say no.'"

(Click to page two to read our interview with Stanek.)

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