Our Framework

We utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) produced by SAMHSA as a guide to drive our efforts. The SPF helps us understand complex behavioral health problems within their complex environmental contexts. As a result of this understanding, we are then able to establish and implement effective plans to address substance use and misuse.


Substances We Focus On

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The OPUS Coalition partners with the Know the Truth™ Prevention Program (KTT) to ensure a relatable and evidence-informed prevention message is widely available across Ramsey County School districts. KTT partners annually with 200+ Minnesota schools to educate nearly 60,000 middle school and high school students. According to student survey data from the 2020/2021 school year, Ramsey County students are 7x less likely to try a substance after hearing the KTT presentation. If you are a teacher, school administrator or staff and are interested in having the Know the Truth Program speak in your school please reach out to


The Ramsey County OPUS Coalition works in collaboration with school districts to build awareness of, and provide substance use education through skills-based training. Teacher trainings are tailored to address the specific needs of the school in order to provide the best support and education.


The OPUS coalition has a goal to implement Know the Truth Peer Support Services in schools across Ramsey County.

Support Groups are facilitated by Peer Recovery Specialists who provide evidence-informed curriculum through a relatable peer to peer approach. The group uses evidence-informed curriculum and takes a highly relatable peer to peer approach. Relatability to students is key in helping them understand underlying issues and potential risk factors in their lives. Groups are facilitated through a variation of techniques, including; non clinical support, motivational interviewing, story sharing, stages of recovery, instruction, active listening, open ended questions, demonstration, recovery wellness plans and encouragement. 

The Peer Recovery Specialist acts as a liaison between students, educators and other support services. Thereby, bridging the gap to create and maintain overall wellness for students. 

Multicultural Action Team

This team was established to ensure prevention activities are implemented in an equitable, inclusive, and culturally responsive way. The team is working to increase the number and diversity of OPUS members and partners, and to ensure that members and partners feel supported, engaged, recognized, informed, and heard.  In an effort to support and bring services to the various ethnic communities within Ramsey County the teams objective is to collaborate and create multicultural versions of the Know the Truth™ Prevention Program’s peer to peer prevention approach including presentations, resources, and services as well as host culturally specific community education events.


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Drug Take-Back Sites in Ramsey County

90% of people who abuse prescription medication get it from friends and family members. Don't let your medicine cabinet become yet another statistic. Safely dispose of prescription medications at one of the many drop sites in Ramsey County.