Drug Abuse

Paramedic Accused Of Giving Patients Unneeded PainkillersA Twin Cities paramedic is accused of giving patients painkillers they didn't need in order to keep the leftovers for herself.
Cops: S.D. Prison Escapee Arrested In Prior Lake After Robbing 3 BanksOfficials in the south metro say a career criminal has been arrested after escaping a South Dakota prison and robbing three banks in the Twin Cities metro area.
More Students Turning To Crowdfunding For TuitionWith the cost of tuition rising every year, crowd fundraising site GoFundMe reports more people are turning to the internet to ask for help. The College Board estimates the average college student graduates with $30,000 in loans.
Metro Drug Study Shows Meth & Heroin 'Epidemic'There's disappointing news concerning the Twin Cities efforts to reduce illegal drug use, especially the battle against methamphetamine. A report released by Drug Abuse Dialogues shows that meth use is as high as it's ever been in the Twin Cities metro.
Report: Meth Surge 'Is Here Right Now'; Heroin Maintains Grip On Twin CitiesMethamphetamine use has returned to epidemic levels in the Twin Cities not seen since 2005, according to a new research report. Meanwhile, more people than ever have been treated for heroin addiction.
Program Helps Reunite Mother And Daughter Via SobrietyWhen we talk about drug rehabilitation, most of us think it only deals with sobriety. But a big part of recovery also focuses on rebuilding relationships destroyed by drug use. In this edition of our "Trees of Hope" series, we focus on how Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge helped a mother and daughter reconnect.
Trees Of Hope: After Kicking Drugs, Seth & Gina Are Giving BackThis holiday season, WCCO's "Trees of Hope" campaign is partnering with organizations that help make lives brighter all year long. This week, our set is decked out in colorful ornaments and ribbons to celebrate Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. The group offers treatment plans for our neighbors who are struggling with addiction.
Report: Heroin Problems Persist, Meth Trends Upwards In Twin CitiesAccording to a new research report, heroin-related problems are still strong in the Twin Cities and methamphetamine is emerging as a growing drug of concern. The report, titled "Drug Abuse Trends in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area: June 2014," was released Tuesday by Drug Abuse Dialogues.
Hennepin County Talks Heroin At Community ForumThe Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is holding another town hall forum to educate the community about the dangers of heroin, and tell residents what they can do to help stop addiction before it starts.
Twin Cities Drug Abuse Expert Reacts To Hoffman's DeathThe news of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death sent a shock wave through social media Sunday -- and re-opened the dialogue of drug abuse and addiction.
Twins Minor League Player Suspended For 50 GamesMinnesota Twins second baseman Eddie Rosario has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of baseball's minor league drug program. Rosario is on the roster of Double-A New Britain and his suspension, announced Saturday, will begin at the start of the Rock Cats' season. The 21-year-old Rosario was a fourth-round pick in 2010. He batted .302 with 10 homers and 73 RBIs in 122 games split between Class-A and Double-A last year.
Prescription Drug Abuse No. 1 Cause Of Accidental DeathAbuse of prescription drugs may now be the No. 1 cause of accidental death in the United States. That's why the American College of Physicians is issuing new guidelines to educate both physicians and patients on the dangers of drug addiction.