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.
The 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.
Set in rural, modern-day Mexico, Heli is two parts beautiful, one part mundane and eight parts horrific. The film was in the running for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it shocked viewers and critics alike. New York Times critic Manohla Dargis even scoffed at the Steven Spielberg-led jury for giving director Amat Escalante the Best Director prize for what she referred to as his “staged atrocities.”
Some states, including Minnesota, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what’s happening in Minnesota:Minnesota has seen an alarming rise in heroin-related deaths in recent years and a tenfold increase in the number of people seeking treatment for heroin addiction.