Opioids

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…

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…