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.
A woman charged in a synthetic drug conspiracy that authorities have blamed in the overdose deaths of two teens in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota has been sentenced to three years of probation.
A recent Rasmussen poll says that 80% of Americans think the drug war has been a failure. Dr. Kevin Sabet is an expert this area, he joins Chad to discuss the topic. Take a listen […]
A Madison man whose unusual name drew national attention last year after he was arrested for marijuana possession now faces drug charges in Iowa. Felony drug charges have been filed against Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop.
Minnesota authorities and defense attorneys are welcoming the federal government’s plans to ease up on mandatory drug sentences, pointing out that the state already has one of the country’s lowest incarceration rates because it’s been practicing what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been proposing for some 30 years.
The Bemidji police chief says no charges will be issued after someone posted a Facebook ad for marijuana. Someone had offered, “WEED FOR SALE!!!” last week on a page called “Bemidji Area Online Sale.”