A man on the front lines of the opioid epidemic is doing his part in more ways than one to help prevent overdose deaths.
Minnehaha County Sheriff MIke Milstead has been outspoken on the opioid issue for some time now.
There has been a 50 percent increase in the county of overdose deaths from last year.
Milstead and his wife spent their lunch hour at The Barrel House on Monday. The restaurant is giving 10 percent of what it makes in sales to Emily’s Hope.
You’ll remember the charitable fund was started by KELOLAND’s Angela Kennecke to help offset the cost of addiction treatment, following the death of her daughter Emily.
Emily’s Hope has set up a fund through the Avera McKennan Foundation to help offset the costs of addiction treatment.
Milstead says it will take the entire community to make a dent in this crisis.
“This is a sign that the business community recognizes it as well. If we can get our churches and our government, our families and our businesses to unite and to try to defeat this that’s our best chance,” Milstead said.
The Barrel House benefit for Emily’s Hope continues until 2 a.m.