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…

MN Overdose Drops 17% From 2017 to 2018

MINNESOTA – The North Star State saw a big drop in drug overdose deaths in 2018. Preliminary statewide data shows that overdose deaths dropped 17% from 733 in 2017 to 607 last year. Officials say the numbers are promising, but that overdose deaths remain at historic highs and more work needs to be done to prevent and treat substance abuse….

Fargo Police Issue Dangerous Drug Warning

Any time someone puts an illegal substance into their body, they don’t know exactly what is in it.

Courtesy of Fargo Police DepartmentFARGO, N.D. (June 12, 2019) The Fargo Police Department would like to remind the public of the dangers of using illegal drugs as well as the use of prescription medications outside the prescribed methods. Recently, there have been stories regarding overdoses occurring over a short period of time. This is often attributed to a “bad batch”…

Fargo Police Chief David Todd: Addiction Driving Increase In Crime

Todd Presented 2018 Crime States to Fargo City Commission

FARGO, ND — Addiction is driving an increase in crime in Fargo. Police Chief David Todd presented the crime report for 2018 to the Fargo City Commission. The report was done in February but was just made public due to scheduling issues and flood fighting efforts. Fargo saw a 3% increase in crime last year, most of it related to burglaries…

Fargo Cass Public Health Offers Free Naloxone Training

Everyone at the training got an emergency response kit with nasal spray

          FARGO, N.D. — You don’t have to be part of the fire department or ambulance to help if you see someone overdose. Fargo Cass Public Health offered a free naloxone training to the public. The class was completely full and even had a waiting list. Some people came because it relates to their work, but others…

Demi Lovato Suffers Suspected Heroin Overdose

Singer and actress was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles Before Noon

LOS ANGELES — Singer and actress Demi Lovato has reportedly been hospitalized for a heroin overdose. According to TMZ, law enforcement officials say the 25-year-old singer was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles from a Hollywood Hills home just before noon. Her battles with addiction have been very public. Last month, Lovato opened up about her relapse in a…

Pelican Motel Owner Accused of Trading Drugs For Stolen Guns

Wade Noack is accused of trading heroin and morphine for two guns

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — The owner of the Pelican Motel is accused of receiving stolen property and drug possession. 60-year-old Wade Noack is accused of trading heroin and morphine for two guns taken during a vehicle theft. The recipient of the drugs, Shawn Mosca, later overdosed on the heroin. A search warrant at the Pelican Motel turned up the…

Fentanyl Ring Investigation Lands North Dakota Prosecution Team DEA Award

"Administrator's Award for Outstanding Group Achievement"

U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Christopher Myers/Bailey Henke, Grand ForksFARGO, N.D. — An investigation into a deadly fentanyl ring has resulted in a prestigious award for U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers and his team. The DEA has recognized the team of investigators and prosecutors with the “Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Group Achievement” at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. This is the…

Wisconsin Man Tied To Moorhead Overdose Death Found Guilty

Jovan Harris of Milwaukee was convicted of six counts of possessing and distributing drugs

FARGO, N.D. — A federal jury in Fargo has found a Wisconsin man guilty of several drug crimes tied to numerous overdoses. 28-year-old Jovan Harris of Milwaukee was convicted of six counts of possessing and distributing drugs. The trial lasted six days. Harris was linked to heroin that caused one overdose death in Moorhead and two nonfatal overdoses in Fargo…

North Dakota Joins Lawsuit Against Drug Maker Purdue Pharma

Six States Blame Company For Role In Overdose Deaths

North Dakota and five other states are filing a lawsuit against a drug maker for overdose deaths. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says Purdue Pharma “misrepresented and trivialized” the risk of addiction from prolonged opioid use. He says the company promoted the drugs through a “pervasive and deceptive marketing campaign.” Similar lawsuits are being filed in Nevada, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee…