drugs

Red Lake Indian Reservation Wants Help to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Leaders are considering banishing tribal members who are involved with dealing drugs

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — Red Lake Indian Reservation tribal leaders have declared a public health emergency. They are seeking outside help to deal with a heroin and opiate epidemic. Leaders are considering banishing tribal members who are involved with dealing drugs. They’ll discuss the option at a meeting August 1. Leaders say overdoses have increased significantly over the past few…

Mantador Woman Charged After Police Search of Home

Tiegs' daughters, ages 6 and 11, and a 15-year-old male relative were in the home at the time of the search

  MANTADOR, ND — A Mantador woman is charged with child endangerment after police found drugs within the reach of three children. Thirty-one-year-old Amy Tiegs is also charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Officers from a multi-county drug agency searched Tiegs’ home recently with assistance from parole agents. Court document…

ND Health Department Setting Timeline for Medical Marijuana Industry

They'll accept actual applications in August and September and make selections in November

  NORTH DAKOTA — State health officials have set a tentative timeline for establishing a medical marijuana industry in North Dakota. The Health Department is asking those interested in being a manufacturer or a distributor to notify the agency by July 28. They’ll accept actual applications in August and September and make selections in November. Officials estimate it will take…

North Dakota Tribes Asking for Help Fighting Addiction Crisis

Officials say the tribes are working hard but they are not on track with the state's efforts to fight drug addiction

  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota tribes are asking the state for more help to fight addiction on the reservations. Officials with multiple treatment centers on the reservations say the tribes have lost touch with the state on drug issues over the years. They are hoping to revive interest in fighting addiction after the first lady says she it is…

Undercover Agents Dupe Minneapolis Airport TSA in 17 out of 18 Security Tests

An undercover team, referred to as the "Red Team" from Washington, D.C., posed as passengers and attempted to sneak items through security that should easily be caught. Jack Highberger of KMSP Fox 9 News reports from Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — When put to the test, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport failed 95 percent of security tests conducted last week. An undercover team, referred to as the “Red Team” from Washington, D.C., posed as passengers and attempted to sneak items through security that should easily be caught. It’s the sort of failing grade that MSP-TSA has received before. Seventeen…

Prosecutors Say Former Wells County Sheriff is a Danger to Others

He's scheduled to be back in court in September

WELLS COUNTY, ND — A judge is allowing the former sheriff of Wells County to travel to South Dakota and Montana, if it’s work-related. The ruling was made during a bond hearing for Johnny Lawson who is charged with conspiracy to deliver drugs, bribery and other counts. Wells County State’s Attorney Kathleen Murray opposed the motion, saying Lawson was a…

Kratom: The Solution to Opioid Addiction? Why Does the FDA Want it Banned?

Although it's legal in the United States, the FDA is concerned of its potential for abuse

FARGO, ND — A substance the FDA tried banning last year is being used the F-M area. But one woman says it can be the key to recovering from deadly opioid addictions. A Fargo woman claims Kratom can help opioid addicts. Although it’s legal in the United States, the FDA is concerned of its potential for abuse. Opioid addiction is…

Fargo Cass Public Health Hosts “Take Back Tuesday” Event

This event allows community members to dispose of unwanted or unused medications

FARGO, ND — Fargo Cass Public Health hosted its first Take Back Tuesday event to further combat the opioid epidemic in the metro. The take back allows community members to dispose of unused or unwanted medications. The hope is people in the area will use this rather than flush drugs down the toilet or throw them in the garbage. Doing so…

Blue Ribbon Commission Hosting Drug Take Back Day

  FARGO, ND — Area mayors will host a prescription drug take back to help set back opioid addiction. The Mayors’ Blue Ribbon Commission is set to host the take back on Tuesday from 1:00 to 6:30p.m. at Fargo Cass Public Health’s parking lot. This allows anyone with expired or unwanted prescription medication to dispose of it safely and help…

North Dakota Opioid Deaths on the Rise

The state will provide $180,000 to each of six successful community applicants

  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota recorded 61 drug-related overdose deaths in 2015. That was an increase from 43 deaths in 2014 and 20 in 2013. The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is now encouraging communities to apply for funding to address the opioid crisis. The goal is to identify gaps and strengthen existing community prevention…