opioid

Suspended Bismarck Oral Surgeon Dies of Possible Overdose

Investigators say fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, was found inside Iravani's home

BISMARCK, ND — A Bismarck oral surgeon who was temporarily suspended from practicing medicine has died from a suspected drug overdose. First responders attempted to revive Dr. Mansureh Iravani with Narcan, a drug meant to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, but she was pronounced dead Monday night at a hospital. Investigators said fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, was…

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…

Governor Burgum, First Lady Focusing on Drug Addiction in North Dakota

Last year, 55 people died from drug overdoses, many due to opioids

BISMARCK, ND — Overdose deaths have almost tripled in North Dakota since 2013. Last year, 55 people died from drug overdoses, many due to opioids. To save lives, North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum is encouraging those at risk for opioid overdose, their family and friends, and community businesses to get a prescription for naloxone. It can prevent opioid…

Fargo Cass Public Health Hosts Take Back Tuesday

They want to remind everyone to properly dispose of their prescription medication to fight opioid addiction

FARGO, ND — The red bin is back at Fargo Cass Public Health for prescription drug Take Back Tuesday. They want to remind everyone to properly dispose of their prescription medication to fight opioid addiction. Last time they held the event, 133 people dropped off 210 pounds of medication. They say many patients with old or unused prescriptions have had…

NDSU School of Pharmacy Receives Funding for Opioid Treatment

The school recieved over eleven thousand dollars for a new program starting in the fall

FARGO, ND — The School of Pharmacy at NDSU has received funding for a program to help fight the opioid crisis in the area. The North Dakota Board of Pharmacy and the FM Area Foundation have teamed together to award the program over $11,000. The funding will help train pharmacists in the area on the use of naloxone to reverse…

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…

North Dakota’s Court System Overloaded with Opiate Crimes

Myers says law enforcement cannot arrest their way out of the crisis

  BISMARCK, ND — The opiate crisis in North Dakota is having a major impact on the court system. U.S. Attorney Chris Myers says 37 people have been charged or sentenced with heroin or fentanyl related crimes in federal court in just the past two years. He says they have prosecuted more fentanyl-related cases in federal court in the past…

Judge Rules Prince’s Living Siblings Heirs to $200 Million Estate

The judge determined Prince died without having a will and named them heirs to his estimated $200 million dollar fortune

  CHANHASSEN, Minn. — A judge has made a ruling on the estate of Prince and has found it in favor for his living siblings. Prince’s sister and five half-siblings staked a claim on the late singer’s estate after he died from an opioid overdose in 2016. The judge determined Prince died without having a will and named them heirs…

Why There Is Such A Need For A Methadone Clinic In Fargo

The drug abuse problem in Fargo will soon come to an end

Since 2012, more than 90 people have died in Cass County from an opioid overdose. Now there’s a new clinic to help those struggling with addiction. “You can expect to die 15 to 20 years earlier than someone that does not have an opioid abuse disorder,” said Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator with Fargo Cass Public Health, Robyn Sall. Help is…

Fargo’s Methadone Clinic Expected to be Open in Two Weeks

Community Medical Services Will be the third opoiod treatment center in North Dakota.

FARGO, N.D. — The American Society of Addiction Medicine reported more than 20,000 deaths were¬†caused by opioid abuse nationwide in 2016. “What they usually say is I can’t do this anymore,” said Mark Schaefer, who is the Regional Manager with Community Medical Services. “I just want to die, I want this to stop, I can’t do it.” Drug addicts may…