Addiction

ND Tax Commissioner to Plead Guilty in Drunk Driving Case

He publicly revealed his battle with alcoholism soon after and has sought treatment in the past

  BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger is pleading guilty to a charge of drunk driving. Rauschenberger was arrested during a traffic stop on September 30. He reports he had a BAC of .20 which is twice the legal limit. The 34-year-old Republican was appointed to his post in 2014 by then Governor Dalrymple. He publicly revealed…

Governor Burgum Secures $2 Million in Federal Money for Naloxone Training

The grant will be used to train people on how to use Naloxone and administer it to someone suffering an overdose

  BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Burgum says he has secured a $2 million dollar federal grant to help reduce opioid overdose deaths in North Dakota. Burgum signed an executive order in September, allowing government agencies to work with law enforcement and tribal governments to make Naloxone available to first responders, opioid users and their families. The grant will be used…

North Dakota Based Opioid Documentary to Have a Free Premiere

The documentary tackles this nationwide issue on a state level

FARGO, ND — You have the chance to watch a new documentary about opioids before its television premiere. The 30 minute documentary is called, “The Opioid Epidemic: Seeking Solutions in North Dakota.” The Prairie Public produced film explores the stories of recovering addicts and families who lost loved ones to addiction. Blue Cross Blue Shield officials say viewers who watch…

Pharmacists, NDSU Pharmacy School Tackle Opioid Crisis

The university recieved an $11,000 grant in July which they used for the seminar

FARGO, N.D. — Drugs containing opioids do not discriminate. “Problems with opioids can crop up with any person,” said Amy Werremeyer, psychiatric pharmacist at Sanford Health. “You can never predict who it will impact next,” said Siri Burck, NDSU third-year pharmacy student. According to the CDC, more than 91 percent of Americans die every day from opioid addiction. At NDSU Pharmacy School, students…

West Fargo Police Department Hosts Drug Take Back Day

Their first event collected more than 200 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs

WEST FARGO, ND — The West Fargo Police Department is helping get rid of expired, unwanted and unused medications. They took part in a drug take back event. They are in conjunction with Fargo Cass Public Health as part of a grant they received from the Department of Human Services. Their first event collected more than 200 pounds of unwanted…

Face It TOGETHER Celebrates Opening of Addiction Center in Fargo

Leaders within the organization held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this new community hub in town

FARGO, ND — Face It TOGETHER is celebrating its grand opening of their new addiction management center. Located in the Prairie Stone Center at 1650 45th Street South, the facility will offer peer counseling, treatment information and other resources to help sustain long-term addiction wellness. Leaders within the organization held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this new community hub…

That Pumpkin Spice Addiction May Not be All in Your Head

Pumpkin spice is actually a blend of several different spices, including ground cinnamon, dry ginger, nutmeg and cloves

  NATIONAL — ‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything…and if you’re a self-proclaimed addict of the spiced coffees, Oreos and everything else pumpkin, it couldn’t have come soon enough. But that addiction may not necessarily be all in your head. Pumpkin spice is actually a blend of several different spices, including ground cinnamon, dry ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Researchers…

Michael Kaspari Honored at Annual Run for Recovery

Family, friends and co-workers remember a man dedicated to helping drug addicts

FARGO, ND — Hundreds of runners flocked to the starting line for another annual 5K for Recovery Month. But this time, they’re remembering a life at Lindenwood Park. Michael Kaspari, one of the co-founders of First Step Recovery, passed away in April. “So are you guys ready?” Governor Doug Burgum asked a group of runners on megaphone. With every stride…

Governor Burgum, First Lady Kathryn Honor Michael Kaspari and the Run for Recovery

The Run for Recovery is about more than addiction awareness

FARGO, ND — Governor Doug Burgum and North Dakota’s First Lady are joining hundreds of runners in Fargo. The Run for Recovery is about more than addiction awareness. They’re remembering the life of a local leader. KVRR’s Nick Broadway joins us from Lindenwood Park with more. NICK BROADWAY, REPORTING: I’m near the main shelter at Lindenwood Park where hundreds of…

Governor Burgum, First Lady Focusing on Drug Addiction in North Dakota

Last year, 55 people died from drug overdoses, many due to opioids

BISMARCK, ND — Overdose deaths have almost tripled in North Dakota since 2013. Last year, 55 people died from drug overdoses, many due to opioids. To save lives, North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum is encouraging those at risk for opioid overdose, their family and friends, and community businesses to get a prescription for naloxone. It can prevent opioid…