Opioids

New Minnesota Laws Going Into Effect July 1st

they range from the opioid epidemic to spousal rape law changes and the creation of a missing and murdered indigenous women task force

MINNESOTA — Along with a $48 billion budget, a new set of laws will take effect in Minnesota on July 1st. Twenty–one million dollars a year. That’s how much drug manufacturers will be required to pay the state starting next Monday. “There isn’t a stream of funding for prevention efforts in general, opioids in particular,” said Rory Beil, with Clay…

Six People Found Unconscious And Not Breathing After Possible Overdose

First Responders used Narcan on the six unconscious young adults.

South St.Paul police are trying to piece together what happened when six people were found unconscious and not breathing at a home Saturday night. First Responders used life-saving measures on the six unconscious young adults including the use of Narcan, the medication that blocks the effects of an opioid overdose. Police Chief Bill Messerich says it is not yet known…

Moorhead Group Looks to Increase Narcan Access in Public Places

The narcan education comes after a Twin Cities woman died of an overdose in November

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead group honored the life of a woman who passed away last month by offering narcan training to the public. Argentina Taylor lost her life to an opioid overdose outside of the Twin Cities in November. Birthing of a Diamond and the Steve Rummler HOPE Network teamed up to teach people about narcan in order to prevent…

Moorhead Police Looks to Fight Opioid Crisis by Collecting Unused Medication

The department had a take-back bin outside two Hornbacher's locations

MOORHEAD, Minn. — People dropped off their unused prescription medications at various locations around Moorhead. Officers from the Moorhead Police Department set up bins outside Hornbacher’s locations in north and south Moorhead. This was one of two “take–back” events that the department puts on each year. One officer says there was a line of people waiting to drop off their medication…

Three of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Opioid Bills Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON – President Trump signs three of Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar’s bills to combat the opioid epidemic. The Synthetic Abuse and Labeling of Toxic Substances Act introduced with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina makes it easier to prosecute selling analogue drugs similar to illegal ones. The Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act introduced with Republican Ohio Sen. Rob…

Health Officials Call for More Legislation Concerning Mental Health

Law enforcement, health officials discussed tips with Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Howard Buffett

FARGO, N.D. — After serving as the Executive Director of the Sanford Health Foundation, Ty Hegland realized it was time to enter the frontline and tackle addiction head–on. “Right now, this crisis we’re all facing is by far the biggest public health issue. When it comes to alcohol, when it comes to opioids. If you go to any hospital in…

“Take Back Tuesday” Gives People Reason to Donate Unused Prescriptions

Tuesday marked the second "Take Back Tuesday" of the year

FARGO, N.D. — People had the chance to drop off their unwanted prescriptions and medication outside of Fargo Cass Public Health. Tuesday marked the second “Take Back Tuesday” event put on by Fargo Cass Public Health this year. Last month’s collection brought in more than 140 pounds of unused medication. With another event in the books, staff members say there are…

Sec. of Interior Ryan Zinke Honors Four Indian Country Officers

He gave them each his Commendation Award

FARGO, N.D. — The opioid crisis does not discriminate,  effecting people from all different backgrounds across the country. That includes Indian Country. Four police officers are being recognized for their heroic efforts against the drug epidemic by Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke. KVRR’s Danielle Church has the story. Turtle Mountain police officer Stacey Larocque has only had to give someone Narcan…

Public Disposes of Medications Safely on “Take Back Tuesday”

Medicines will be incinerated after being collected

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Cass Public Health had a place for people to dump their over-the-counter and prescription medications as part of “Take Back Tuesday.” Not only is it a way to make sure your medicine doesn’t end up in the wrong hands, but it’s also better for the environment. “First, it’s good for the environment. We don’t want them…

Bringing Opiate Education to the Moorhead Community

Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Moorhead Police Department have partnered up

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Moorhead Police Department have partnered up to bring opiate education to the community. They hosted a seminar for people to learn more about the epidemic affecting millions across the nation and people right here in the valley. The Moorhead Police Department recently brought on a chaplain to their team…