Opioids

Minnesota man found guilty in 11 opioid overdose deaths

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal jury has convicted a Minnesota man in connection with the opioid overdose deaths of 11 people across the country. Jurors returned guilty verdicts on the 17 counts against Aaron Broussard, including distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. Federal prosecutors said Broussard’s customers thought they were buying a stimulant similar to Adderall. Instead, the 31-year-old Hopkins man sent…

LIVE: As Opioid Crisis Gets Worse, Community Events Aim To Get More Involved In Solutions

Illuminate The Valley Events Will Help Grow The Conversation Over Opioids And Overdoses

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Despite COVID taking most of the headlines, another health crisis in our region is getting worse. Essentia Health experts say opioid overdoses are on the rise both locally and around the country. The Red River Recovery Initiative is hosting a series of virtual community events on Friday, February 4th from 4-6 p.m. It’s called Illuminate the…

Native American tribes reach $590 million opioid settlement

FARGO (KVRR) – Native American tribes have reached opioid settlements worth over a half-billion dollars with Johnson & Johnson and three distributors. A federal court filing describes $590 million in settlements with the New Jersey-based company along with distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson. Some tribes were hit particularly hard by an overdose and addiction crisis that was linked to…

Grand Forks police say powerful opiate making rounds

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Grand Forks Police Department has issued a warning about a powerful illegal opiate making the rounds locally. Officers say they responded to numerous narcotics-related drug overdoses Saturday evening, including a death. Police say people were using what they believed to be heroin and began overdosing.  Immediate medical intervention was needed to revive them. Police say…

Grand Forks County Battles Opioid Crisis With New Syringe Program

It's hoping to stop the spread of drug abuse, get rid of dirty sharps and give people the help they need.

  GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The county is starting its new syringe collection program, the fifth in the state, in the wake of an opioid epidemic across the nation. It’s hoping to stop the spread of drug abuse, get rid of dirty sharps and give people the help they need. “It’s an opportunity for them to talk frankly about their…

Minnesota Not Among States Settling with Purdue Pharma

Purdue has been criticized for overselling the benefits of its powerful prescription opioid painkillers and understating the risks.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the state is not among those that have reached a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the opioids epidemic. The tentative deal between Purdue, thousands of local governments and more than 20 states could be worth up to $12 billion over time. Purdue has been criticized for overselling the benefits…

Opioid-Related Overdoses Decreasing in Cass County

Since 2016, there's been an 80 percent decrease in opioid-related deaths in Cass County

FARGO, N.D. — “The alarm bells really started ringing in 2016 when we had a high number of opioid overdoses,” said Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Robyn Sall. In that year alone, Cass County had 31 opioid–related overdose deaths. Since then, that number has decreased by more than 80 percent. “We are seeing reductions on a county–wide level, on a state–wide…

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…