The mission of Choose Not To Use is to educate K-12 about the dangers of drug use and to provide them with the tools they need to say no. Additionally, we are committed to reducing the financial burdens of drug use on law enforcement, schools, local government agencies, families and the environment in an effort to provide livable, healthy and safe communities for the citizens of Scott County.
Rebrand to CNTU
We rebranded from the Scott County Meth Task Force to ChooseNotToUse (CNTU) in 2017. The purpose of the rebrand was to focus on all drug use and not just meth.
Our mission is much as the same as before. To educate K-12 and the community about the dangers of illegal drug use and to provide them with the tools they need to say no to illegal drug use.
Commissioner, Sheriff, County Attorney, City Administrators, Public Health, Medical Director, Court Administrator, Judges, Superintendents, Alternative School Officials, Community Corrections, Fire Department, Police Chiefs, Environmental Health, Foster Care, Faith Community Officials, Hospital Officials, Citizens, Chemical Health Counselors, CAP Agency, Mental Health, Local High School Students, DEA, Library, Recovering meth addicts, Communications Coordinator
Main Meth Task Force Group
Education/Community Outreach; marketing to the community
Analysis Work Group; statistics on meth impact in Scott County
Ordinance Work Group
Take it to the Box
Initial Idea came from Jennifer Deschaine (May, 2010); she proposed it could be done through the Meth Task Force.
The program offers residents a convenient way to safely dispose of unused prescriptions, illegal street drugs and over-the-count medications. The program is offered through a partnership of the Scott County Meth Task Force (now CNTU), the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, and local city police departments
We have provided boxes to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office as well as Savage, Belle Plaine, Jordan, New Prague, Prior Lake and New Market.
Kick-off date June 1, 2011.
Please contact Jayme Carlson at 952-496-8534 with any questions.
Began partnering with CLIMB in 2006.
When Scott County experienced a troubling rise in meth-related prosecutions, we called on CLIMB Theatre and they developed the performance titled Shattered. When heroin use began to increase, we again turned to CLIMB and they developed the performance titled Twisted Ride (to Nowhere) (started 2012-13 school year). The performances are followed up with classroom discussions regarding the issues that were portrayed in the performances.
These both were and still are honest, powerful pieces that lead students to want to steer clear of meth and heroin, as well as the gateway drugs that lead to their use.
CLIMB added presentations to the JAF since the spring of 2010.
CLIMB added Gateway drug presentations in 2009.
CLIMB also presented in local communities in the evenings for parents/citizens. They also presented to MVEC for their employees (2007). CLIMB actors were at the Scott County Fair and did vignettes for those attending the fair.
We discontinued our partnership with Climb Theatre in 2018.
2007 was the first year of the Golf Fundraiser.
The fundraiser is held at Stonebrooke Golf Course on the first Friday
after Labor Day.
To date we have raised over $537,005.25.
We are a qualified charitable organization.
Billboards throughout Scott County
Ads at the movie theatre
Radio Station Ads
In November 2005, the Scott County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance (No.25) “Cleanup of Clandestine Drug Lab Sites”
Various community events:
Winter Wellness, Shakopee
Community Fest, Prior Lake-Savage
SMSC Wellness Fair, Prior Lake
Rotary and Lions Club Meetings
Scott County Fair
Prior Lake Chemical Health week
Spoke on KCHK radio
Presentation to Med Surg Nurses at St. Francis Hospital
Chooselifenotmeth.com Pens, shirts, bracelets, book marks, re-useable grocery bags
Brochures: The Ugly Truth, Breaking the habit, Don’t Lose Yourself, Take it to the Box, Marijuana, Heroin
Take it to the Box Pens & Magnets, re-useable grocery bags
CNTU has pens, hats, lanyards, t-shirts and pop sockets.
Courage to Speak
We partnered with Courage to Speak in 2018. Courage to Speak was founded by Ginger Katz whose son Ian died of an overdose. The curricula is based on a book written by Ms. Katz, Sunny’s Story, and is told by the family beagle (Sunny). Sunny tells the story of how is best friend, Ian, changed when he became involved in drugs and is very compelling story.
Courage to Speak offers a comprehensive drug prevention and education curriculum that is offered to Elementary (7 to 8 lesson plans) Middle (13 to 15 lesson plans) and High Schools (10 lesson plans). There are 3 different age appropriate curricula. The lesson plans are based on healthy passions, refusal skills, social and emotional programs, parent involvement, courage in relationships and trusting adults.
In October 2018, CNTU brought Ms. Katz to Minnesota (she lives in Connecticut) to speak to all Jordan Middle and High School students. This involved two presentations back to back. It was also attended by Principals, teachers, social works, police officers and other community members. It was very well received.
All curricula and books are provided free of charge to all Scott County schools and paid for by CNTU.
As of June, 2020, Courage to Speak is in the following schools:
Jordan Middle and High Schools
New Prague Elementary, Middle and High Schools
Prior Lake Middle Schools (Twin Oaks and Hidden Oaks)
Southwest Metro/Oasis Program (Middle and High Schools)
River Valley Education Center (Elementary and Middle Schools)\
Savage – Eagle Ridge Middle School (
In 2019, CNTU worked with Public Health and provided sets of 5 Anti-Vaping posters to the following schools:
Jordan Middle (2 sets)
Belle Plaine Middle
Eagle Ridge Middle
Southwest Metro/Oasis Program
These were all paid for by CNTU.
Anti-Heroin Video Contest
In July 2014, a video contest was offered to all Scott County High Schools to engage students to put together a video focusing on an anti-heroin message.
First Place $4,000, Prior Lake-Savage, Second Place $2,000, Belle Plaine High School and Third Place $1,000, Shakopee High School
Excellence Award from Minnesota Association of Government Communicators (MAGC) 2007 Northern Lights Contest.
Ideas for the future:
Collaborate throughout County to aid in reducing drug use.
Update website (done in 2020).
Revive and market our message to the community regarding the dangers of drug use.
Take it to the Box; market it to all medical facilities, funeral homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Include sharps containers at all locations. Get a box in Elko New Market.
Contests in the schools; Video, T-shirt design, etc.