Heroin deaths in Hennepin County declined slightly in 2014, but the drug is getting cheaper in the Twin Cities — and has one of the highest purity levels in the country. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office says there were 50 heroin deaths last year, compared to 56 in 2013 – the deadliest year for the drug on record. There were eight total in 2010.
A Minnesota man faces drug charges after Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 40 pounds of marijuana while investigating a two-vehicle crash in southeastern Wyoming. The patrol says 57-year-old Kraig Kahrs of Apple Valley, Minnesota, lost control of his vehicle on icy Interstate 25 north of Wheatland on Wednesday morning and rear-ended a pickup truck.
A drug pipeline that supplied meth from the Twin Cities to North Dakota has shut down. Strangely enough, it all started with electronics stolen from homes and businesses in Grand Forks and Twin Cities suburbs. The investigation began in North Dakota, according to Minneapolis Police Sgt. Scott Downing.
Authorities say that a fugitive who was wanted in connection with a number of criminal cases led police on a chase in the Twin Cities Thursday afternoon. According to Deputy Thomas Volk of the U.S. Marshal Service, Kaley Wethern was wanted in connection with a home invasion in Mille Lacs County.
An overdose death from a powerful synthetic morphine has Grand Forks police wondering if other people who’ve been sickened by drugs in the past six months have taken the substance.
An Apple Valley woman is accused of driving under the influence with drugs while a 3-year-old child was sleeping, unbuckled in the back seat. Charges were filed in Dakota County against 41-year-old Leisa Marie Jefferson in connection with the Sept. 6, 2014 incident.
When 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.
All this week, we’ve brought you stories of those who’ve graduated from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge as part of our “Trees of Hope” series. The one-year program helps more than 500 people a year overcome addiction. Chelsea Hill and Michael Dwyer have never been so excited for the future.
Minnesota regulators won’t adopt a policy that would bar pharmacists from mixing lethal drugs that could be used in administering the death penalty elsewhere.
This 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.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman called a news conference Wednesday morning to talk about the impact of heroin in the suburbs.
A Lino Lakes woman faces charges after police say she was seen smoking meth in a McDonald’s parking lot with a 14-year-old child in the car.
A minor league player in the Minnesota Twins’ organization has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a positive test for a banned stimulant. Catcher Alex Real was suspended Tuesday by the commissioner’s office. The 21-year-old Real was drafted by the Twins in June.
Overdosing is becoming a bigger killer in Minnesota than car crashes. The Minnesota Department of Health says 507 people died from heroin or prescription painkiller overdoses last year.
A local fraternity is catching some heat over a frat party at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where investigators say female students were allegedly given date rape drugs. Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) is being investigated by school officials, its national organization and campus police. The party happened on Sept. 12, and according to the Huffington Post, girls considered “hot” were allowed to purchase index cards giving them all access to the house.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been suspended for three games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, his second such punishment in three seasons. The league announced the punishment Friday, putting Simpson on the sideline until Sept. 22 when the Vikings begin practice for Week 4.
A 19-year-old Kasson man is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a Byron teen, who died outside on a subzero morning after a night of drug use. According to the Dodge County Attorney’s Office, Darren James Rice is accused of kicking 15-year-old Noah Graddy out of Rice’s grandmother’s house in the early morning of Jan. 22.
Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday appointed 16 members to a task force that will study the impact of the state’s new medical marijuana law. The governor’s appointees to the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research range from law enforcement officials to people who treat substance abuse to potential patients and their parents.
A nice round of golf in Moorhead turned into a scene from a movie on Tuesday, and the fairway turned into a crime scene. A man wanted on theft and drug charges led police on a chase through a local golf course.
In a new tactic, death penalty opponents are lobbying state health regulators to prohibit pharmacists from mixing drugs for lethal injection. They’re starting in Minnesota, where capital punishment doesn’t exist and where there isn’t evidence pharmacists are supplying the drugs. The debate began Wednesday in Minnesota’s Board of Pharmacy. It will resume in September.
According 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.
A jury in western Kentucky has convicted a Minnesota truck driver of reckless homicide for a crash on Interstate 24 that resulted in the death of a man. The Kentucky New Era reports jurors on Thursday also convicted Timothy Baldwin on counts of wanton endangerment, evading police and resisting arrest.
Police in southeastern Minnesota are looking into a rash of robberies in which thieves target cemeteries, taking brass markers that show a deceased veteran’s military service.
Four men have been indicted on charges alleging they kidnapped and tortured two men they suspected of stealing drugs and money from a St. Paul “stash house,” federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. The kidnappers released their victims, but not before nearly severing one victim’s finger while interrogating him in the house, court papers allege.
A new study shows some ER doctors are still prescribing codeine to children, even though there are guidelines that say it could be dangerous. A new study published in the journal “Pediatrics” shows codeine – an opiate prescribed for cough or pain — can help some children, but about a third get no relief.