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ND Dept. of Health Proposes Medical Marijuana Administrative Rules

Voters approved medical marijuana in November 2016

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota’s Health Department has unveiled proposed administrative rules for a medical marijuana system in the state. The agency is taking public comments through December 26, and has scheduled public meetings in six cities next month. Voters approved medical marijuana in November 2016. The Health Department doesn’t expect the drug to be available to patients for another…

High-Speed Chase Ends With Arrest in Crookston

Woman Behind The Wheel Was From North Dakota

POLK COUNTY, Minn. — A Burlington, North Dakota woman was arrested after a high-speed chase that ended in Crookston. A Minnesota State Trooper used spike strips to stop the vehicle being driven by 33-year-old Jeannie Wright on Saturday. A Polk County deputy had tried to pull Wright over earlier in Lowell Township. She took off at speeds up to 99…

Minnesota Man Convicted in Murder of Grand Forks Man

He was charged in the March 2016 shooting death of 24-year-old Austin Forsman

  GRAND FORKS, ND — The head of a meth trafficking ring who ordered the murder of a man in Grand Forks has been found guilty. Modesto Torrez of Angus, Minnesota was convicted in federal court on 3 of 4 counts including murder in the furtherance of a drug conspiracy. He was charged in the March 2016 shooting death of…

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…

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…

Minnesota Nonprofit Quadruples Amount of Naloxone Giveaway

Naloxone is the drug that when given during an overdose can help reverse the effects and save a person's life

  MINNESOTA — With the increase on opioid overdose deaths all across the country, a Minnesota nonprofit is giving away four times the amount of naloxone to people in need. Naloxone is the drug that when given during an overdose can help reverse the effects and save a person’s life. The Steve Rummler Hope Network says they plan on giving…

UND Given Grant to Help Fight Drug Addiction

The money will be used for a program involving providers of services in addiction and behavioral health fields

GRAND FORKS, ND — UND has been awarded a major grant in the continuing battle against drug addiction. The university was given $3.8 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The money will be used for a program involving providers of services in addiction and behavioral health fields. It’s part of a nationwide effort to combat the…

ShareHouse Rehab Center Opens New Unit Unique to the Metro

ShareHouse adds on a recovery living center in their facility

FARGO, ND — Life after rehab can lead to uncertainty for recovering addicts. A new recovery living center may have the answers patients need. In 2015, 61 people died from drug related causes according to CDC reports. Although there are numerous rehab centers in the metro, addicts can be at risk of relapse after being released. “Lots of times they…

Crookston Woman Pleads Guilty in Red River Valley Meth Trafficking Ring

The murder investigation uncovered a large meth trafficking ring in the Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, ND — A Crookston woman has pleaded guilty for her role in a drug related murder in Grand Forks. Lorie Ortiz, 42, admitted that she was involved in attempting to destroy evidence after Austin Forsman was killed in the parking lot of Flying J. The murder investigation uncovered a large meth trafficking ring in the Red River Valley….

Moorhead Police Take Part in Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Police took the day to collect prescription drugs to help keep the community safe

MOORHEAD, Minn., — Moorhead police say the majority of abused prescriptions are obtained from medicine cabinets at home.  Police officers were at different locations all across the Valley for Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It’s a way to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. One of the drop offs was set…