MN Overdose Drops 17% From 2017 to 2018

MINNESOTA – The North Star State saw a big drop in drug overdose deaths in 2018. Preliminary statewide data shows that overdose deaths dropped 17% from 733 in 2017 to 607 last year. Officials say the numbers are promising, but that overdose deaths remain at historic highs and more work needs to be done to prevent and treat substance abuse….

Rep. Armstrong Tackles Addiction, USMCA & 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund

WASHINGTON – Criminal justice reform, addiction and farming. What’s being done in Washington to address these issues? North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong is working on a bipartisan bill to give $5 billion over five years to fight the opioid epidemic. At least $4 million would be given to each state to reduce overdose deaths through prevention, treatment, and recovery. “If…

Lengthy Drug Investigation Leads To Numerous Arrests In Hubbard County

agents seized meth, cocaine, prescription opioids, Butane Hash oil and marijuana

HUBBARD COUNTY, Minn. —¬†Eight people are in custody after a lengthy drug investigation in Hubbard County. Felony arrest warrants have been issued for two other suspects. During the investigation, agents identified several people involved in the distribution and use of controlled substances. While suspects were rounded up on Tuesday, agents seized meth, cocaine, prescription opioids, Butane Hash oil and marijuana….

Sen. Heitkamp Hosts Discussion With Families Affected By Opioids

Many grandparents are raising grandchildren because their biological parents aren't able to

FARGO, N.D. —¬†Sen. Heidi Heitkamp hosted a discussion to hear from grandparents who are taking care of grandchildren because their biological parents aren’t able to. The opioid epidemic, suicides, and other issues have left many parents unable to take care for their children. Heitkamp introduced a bill that would help caregivers deal with the challenges of caring for children, especially…

Candidates for Cass County Sheriff Discuss their Platforms Ahead of the Primary Elections

Throughout the next few months, both men are going to continue to show their dedication for Cass County

CASS COUNTY, N.D. — In November Cass County will have a new Sheriff in town and the race is between Jesse Jahner and Mike Kjera. After 20 years with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Jesse Jahner says he is ready to lead the department. “I’d be a voice for the people, the people elect the sheriff so to me it…

Opioid Overdose Drug Naloxone Has Been Recalled

A lifesaving drug used to save people from opioid overdoses is being recalled. The maker of Naloxone, also called Narcan, has discovered what it calls loose particulate matter on the syringe’s plunger. The medication has been quarantined by hospitals, distributors and retailers as a precaution. “It would just cause maybe more of a patient reaction, so there’s a wide variety…

Maker of Subsys Sued By Minnesota Attorney General

Lawsuit accuses drugmaker Insys Therapeutics of encouraging physicians to prescribe the painkiller at higher doses than recommended

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company alleging that it illegally marketed a painkiller made from the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The lawsuit accuses drugmaker Insys Therapeutics of encouraging physicians to prescribe the painkiller Subsys at higher doses than recommended. The drug is used to manage pain for cancer patients, but Swanson says…

Governor Dayton Keeps His Promise And Vetoes Tax Code Bill

Dayton wants the Legislature to address his request for emergency aid to schools

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton has kept his promise and vetoed a bill that would have aligned Minnesota’s state tax code with federal changes passed last year. The Democratic governor rejected the bill passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature with about 20 grade-school students standing behind him at a St. Paul school. Dayton said the bill tilted toward the…

Minnesota Lawmakers Have One Week To Finish Up Session Work

Lawmakers could leave the Capitol without passing another bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Just like they started the session, Minnesota’s Legislature is entering the homestretch with a long to-do list. But now they have just over a week to finish it. Republicans who control the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton are at odds on how to restructure Minnesota’s tax code, how to change health care programs and whether to…