drugs

The Drug and Alcohol Culture of the Red River Valley

One of the biggest messages being sent today is not to ignore the small stuff. He says those decisions can really affect your future

MOORHEAD, Minn. — People across the country are concerned about the drug and alcohol culture in today’s society. Drug and substance abuse is sweeping the nation and one officer is traveling from state to state to teach people what to look for. “What are all the trends you’re seeing, what do they mean, what’s going on, the why,” explained Jermaine…

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…

California Man Sentenced for Transporting More than Half a Million Dollars in Marijuana Across ND

Miller said he was on his way to Illinois with the load

BISMARCK, ND — The California man, who was arrested during a traffic stop in North Dakota for having nearly 200 pounds of marijuana, has been sentenced. Harold Miller, 71, of Sacramento, California will serve one year in prison on felony and misdemeanor drug possession charges. Miller was arrested following a traffic stop on I-94 near Bismarck. In his vehicle, he…

Police: Parents of Abandoned Sioux Falls Baby Admit They Used Drugs Night of the Incident

Police have arrested the mother, 28-year-old Mary Jennessee, and charged her with abuse or cruelty to a minor under age seven.

SIOUX FALLS, SD — There are new developments in the case of an abandoned baby left outside a Sioux Falls church for nearly 24 hours earlier this month. The parents admit being on drugs. Police have arrested the mother, 28-year-old Mary Jennessee, and charged her with abuse or cruelty to a minor under age seven. The father of the infant…

ND Department of Human Services Awards Fargo Cass Public Health with $180,000 Grant

Robyn says this grant will provide a vehicle to get more information out to the general public about how they can prevent substance use and abuse

FARGO, ND — The opioid epidemic is affecting people all over the world but efforts in the metro are enhancing education. Fargo Cass Public Health has received a grant from the North Dakota Department of Human Services that will focus on opioid and substance abuse. Last year, more than 64,000 people died from drug overdoses. Now, Fargo Cass Public Health…

Theft Charges Dropped Against Minot Nurse

Charges of theft, conspiracy and endangering a vulnerable adult against two other nurses are still pending

MINOT, ND — A theft charge has been dropped against a Minot nurse accused of stealing drugs prescribed for patients in hospice. It isn’t clear why the charge against 40-year-old Jennifer Napora was dropped last week. Charges of theft, conspiracy and endangering a vulnerable adult against two other nurses are still pending. April Beckler, 39, and 45-year-old Kim Kochel haven’t…

Family of Missing Detroit Lakes Teen Wants Him to Know it’s All Right to Come Home

Meghan says Parker was living in an abusive household, had problems in school and had recently failed a drug test

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Seven weeks ago, 15-year-old Parker Eastman ran away from his home in Detroit Lakes. Almost two months later, his family still has unanswered questions. It was a moment that changed Meghan Eastman’s life. “I went in there and he shares his room with his 13–year–old brother and it was just his brother in there,” Eastman said….

Health Officials See Spike in Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses in Minnesota

Officials say none of the cases has been fatal

  MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials say there’s been a spike in the number of overdoses from synthetic marijuana in Minneapolis. Last week alone, hospitals handled at least 60 cases related to the synthetic drug. It causes hallucinations and violent behavior in some users and leaves others comatose. Officials say none of the cases has been fatal. Authorities say regulation…

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…

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…