Overdose

MN Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Suing Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioid Crisis

More than 20 drug manufacturers and distributors are being sued by the tribe in federal court

  WHITE EARTH, Minn. — White Earth Reservation is reporting seven overdose related calls over the weekend with two resulting in deaths. White Earth Police Department along with the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Department are both encouraging users to seek medical help and treatment as soon as possible. Minnesota’s Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is suing pharmaceutical companies for the opioid…

Minnesota Granted Nearly $17 Million for Substance Abuse Programs

State officials say less than 10 Minnesotans died of a heroin overdose in 2008

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota is investing nearly $17 million dollars into facilities and programs across the state to combat the opioid addiction crisis. State officials say less than 10 Minnesotans died of a heroin overdose in 2008. That number has since increased in the state by 430 percent, with 376 in 2016. Officials say $16.6 million will be…

Prince Heirs Asking for Removal of Estate Management Company

The three are upset that Comerica recently removed the contents of Prince's vault

  NATIONAL — Three heirs of Prince are asking a judge to remove the company that is managing his estate. Sharon and Norrine Nelson, the late music superstar’s half sisters, and their brother, John R. Nelson, filed a motion Friday to remove Comerica Bank & Trust as estate executor. The three are upset that Comerica recently removed the contents of…

Walgreens to Begin Selling Narcan

Company officials say they want to make it easier for families and caregivers to help loved ones in the event of an overdose

NATIONAL — Narcan, the medication used to reduce the effects of an overdose, is now available to buy at Walgreens. The company has announced it will stock Narcan in all of its pharmacies nationwide. Company officials say they want to make it easier for families and caregivers to help loved ones in the event of an overdose. Walgreens will also…

Governor Burgum Secures $2 Million in Federal Money for Naloxone Training

The grant will be used to train people on how to use Naloxone and administer it to someone suffering an overdose

  BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Burgum says he has secured a $2 million dollar federal grant to help reduce opioid overdose deaths in North Dakota. Burgum signed an executive order in September, allowing government agencies to work with law enforcement and tribal governments to make Naloxone available to first responders, opioid users and their families. The grant will be used…

Chinese Nationals Indicted Over Narcotics Flowing Through North Dakota

Authorities say the men controlled one of the most prolific international drug-trafficking organizations

NORTH DAKOTA — A pair of Chinese nationals has been indicted for manufacturing tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were peddled in the United States and flowed, in part, through North Dakota. One of the two, 38-year-old Jian Zhang, was indicted in North Dakota, along with eight others accused in the conspiracy. North Dakota U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers…

ND Department of Human Services Awards Fargo Cass Public Health with $180,000 Grant

Robyn says this grant will provide a vehicle to get more information out to the general public about how they can prevent substance use and abuse

FARGO, ND — The opioid epidemic is affecting people all over the world but efforts in the metro are enhancing education. Fargo Cass Public Health has received a grant from the North Dakota Department of Human Services that will focus on opioid and substance abuse. Last year, more than 64,000 people died from drug overdoses. Now, Fargo Cass Public Health…

Health Officials See Spike in Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses in Minnesota

Officials say none of the cases has been fatal

  MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials say there’s been a spike in the number of overdoses from synthetic marijuana in Minneapolis. Last week alone, hospitals handled at least 60 cases related to the synthetic drug. It causes hallucinations and violent behavior in some users and leaves others comatose. Officials say none of the cases has been fatal. Authorities say regulation…

Cigna Announcing They Won’t be Covering OxyContin Beginning in 2018

OxyContin is the branded version of the painkiller, Oxycodone

  NATIONAL — One of the largest health insurers in the country is announcing they will no longer cover OxyContin beginning in 2018. Cigna officials say they are working to curb opioid abuse and with overdose rates continuing to climb, they want to help in the fight. OxyContin is the branded version of the painkiller, Oxycodone. Cigna officials say they…

Minnesota Nonprofit Quadruples Amount of Naloxone Giveaway

Naloxone is the drug that when given during an overdose can help reverse the effects and save a person's life

  MINNESOTA — With the increase on opioid overdose deaths all across the country, a Minnesota nonprofit is giving away four times the amount of naloxone to people in need. Naloxone is the drug that when given during an overdose can help reverse the effects and save a person’s life. The Steve Rummler Hope Network says they plan on giving…