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.
A judge says a Minnesota man who was sentenced to a year in prison in a North Dakota drug case must serve another year for failing to show up at the prison. Joseph Bellanger, of Naytahwaush, Minn., was originally sentenced in June to a year in prison after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of a controlled substance. He was ordered to self-report to prison in August, but failed to show up.
The teenage boyfriend of a Mankato girl who died from illegal drugs faces a felony. Chloe Moses, 17, had a seizure earlier this month after taking what’s believed to be a form of LSD.
Almost all health insurance policies are now required to cover substance abuse treatment under the Affordable Care Act.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a forum to talk about ways adults can help prevent drug and alcohol use among teens. The sheriff’s office is teaming up with Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge and Shiloh Temple for the forum. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Heroin addiction has been in the spotlight after the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, but heroin is not just a problem among the rich and famous — it’s killing Minnesotans as well. Now, there are new treatment options that doctors are using to deal with heroin addiction.
In the aftermath of the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, some experts say the heroin problem is now an epidemic both nationally and here in Minnesota. Deaths by overdose driven by the prescription opiates have eclipsed death by car accidents in this country.
Minnesota may be taking a big step to stop the sale of synthetic drugs in the state. A special committee of lawmakers approved a sweeping set of changes Wednesday to end what some describe as an “epidemic.” They are substances sold in head shops around the state as incense and bath salts, but they’re extremely dangerous when ingested. The drugs have exotic names and seductive websites, but they’re easily available on Minnesota Main Streets.
A woman who lost her fiancé to a heroin overdose says Minnesota lawmakers can do something about a growing epidemic that will save lives. On Saturday night, the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation hosted an event at Tuttles in Hopkins to raise awareness about drug addiction. Rummler died three years ago after a heroin overdose. He battled a prescription drug addiction for years following a back injury.
Minnesota 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.
Five people are in the Douglas County Jail after the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and local police departments made a series of methamphetamine-related busts this week. On Monday, agents and officers from Alexandria Police arrested 29-year-old Kyle Hildebrand of South Haven and 23-year-old Jami Johnson of Sauk Rapid. Undercover agents bought 106 grams of meth for $6,000 from Hildebrand and Johnson, which has a street value of over $21,000. They were both eventually charged with 1st-degree controlled substance sales crime.
Minnesota law enforcement has recovered 15 pit bulls, dog fighting manuals, guns, drugs and paraphernalia after executing 10 search warrants at addresses connected to a suspected dog fighter.
To federal prosecutors and Duluth leaders, Jim Carlson is nothing more than a drug pusher. There’s no dispute that Carlson’s head shop, the Last Place on Earth, openly sold a lot of synthetic marijuana before authorities finally shut it down in July.
A 59-year-old Goodview man is sentenced to nearly five years in prison in the drug-related death of his 34-year-old son. Authorities say Jeffrey Schumacher Sr. supplied methadone to his son, Jeffrey Schumacher Jr., who died in May 2012.
A search for drugs inside a New Brighton home Tuesday afternoon ended with a task force member shooting a suspect multiple times.