opioid

Sen. Klobuchar Urges President Trump to Take Action on his Pledge to Stop Opioid Crisis

The senator would like the President to sign bills she sponsored into law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Amy Klobuchar says President Trump’s decision to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency is a first step toward resolving the crisis. The senator echoes Representative Pelosi’s remarks and wants to see the president back up his words with actions and cash. Klobuchar has sponsored a number of bills in the Senate aimed at addressing…

President Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a “National Public Health Emergency”

The president says that the problem may "get worse before it gets better" but is vowing that it will ultimately get better

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump is vowing that the nation’s opioid crisis “will be defeated” as he wound up his speech on drug addiction. President Trump was surrounded by people touched by addiction when he signed an order to make the problem a national public health emergency. The president says that the problem may “get worse before it gets…

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…

Chinese Nationals Indicted Over Narcotics Flowing Through North Dakota

Authorities say the men controlled one of the most prolific international drug-trafficking organizations

NORTH DAKOTA — A pair of Chinese nationals has been indicted for manufacturing tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were peddled in the United States and flowed, in part, through North Dakota. One of the two, 38-year-old Jian Zhang, was indicted in North Dakota, along with eight others accused in the conspiracy. North Dakota U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers…

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…

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…

Cigna Announcing They Won’t be Covering OxyContin Beginning in 2018

OxyContin is the branded version of the painkiller, Oxycodone

  NATIONAL — One of the largest health insurers in the country is announcing they will no longer cover OxyContin beginning in 2018. Cigna officials say they are working to curb opioid abuse and with overdose rates continuing to climb, they want to help in the fight. OxyContin is the branded version of the painkiller, Oxycodone. Cigna officials say they…

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…