Local and federal law enforcement credit a cooperative effort for busting a Chicago-based drug gang that made ordering a bag of heroin as simple as placing a phone call. “This was a 24-hour-a-day, retail-sales heroin operation,” said United States Attorney Andy Luger. “The way this would work is you would call one of two different phone numbers that were known as dispatch phone numbers — almost like you were calling a cab or you were ordering food.”
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.
Next month, all first responders will have a new tool in the fight against heroin. Law enforcement and firefighters will now be able to treat heroin overdoses with a drug called Narcan.
The Minnesota Legislature passed scores of new laws this spring, and many of them take effect Tuesday. Here’s a look at some of the more notable.
Three people are indicted of first-degree premeditated murder in the drug-related shooting death of a Minneapolis man in March. Maureen Onyelobi, David Johnson and Maurice Wilson were indicted Friday by a grand jury, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
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 measure aimed at synthetic drugs appears to be cruising toward final passage in the Legislature. The House on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that bans inhaled or ingested drugs that aren’t approved by the FDA and that cause an effect like the most dangerous drugs including heroin and LSD.
The Minnesota on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill to try to slow down a surge in state heroin deaths on Wednesday. The bill, called “Steve’s Law,” makes it easier to call 911 without penalty if there’s a heroin overdose. And it distributes a heroin antidote for overdose emergencies.
State and federal officials announced Thursday that more than 65 heroin distributors have been arrested and/or charged with drug trafficking in Minnesota as part of a crackdown called “Operation Exile.”
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.
The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday allowing first responders to administer a heroin antidote, called Narcan, in the case of an overdose, and immunity for people who call 911.
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.
Minnesota’s new chief federal prosecutor says he’s launching initiatives to combat human trafficking, heroin, fraud, violent crime and identity theft. It’s an ambitious agenda for U.S. Attorney Andy Luger, who was sworn in Feb. 14. He filled a post last held by B. Todd Jones, who juggled dual roles for two years as both U.S. attorney in Minneapolis and acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington until the Senate finally confirmed him as director last July.
Duluth Democratic Rep. Erik Simonson says a bill written with bipartisan support could be the answer to the synthetic-drug problem that’s plagued Minnesota for years.
Medical officials fear the rise of heroin abuse in Minnesota is connected to an increase in hepatitis C. Some suspect dirty needles may be to blame.