Monday Marks International Overdose Awareness DayA vigil is planned on Monday evening to remember those who have died of overdose, and to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. Lexi Reed Holtum’s fiance shared her story with WCCO Radio’s Roshini Rajkumar, the host of News and Views Sunday program.
Conference Focuses On Giving Law Enforcement, Health Officials Insight Into AddictionMore than 1,000 law enforcement, health care and drug court officials met at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday for a one-day conference on helping people suffering from prescription painkiller and heroin addiction, as well as mental health issues.
41 Indicted In Alleged Heroin Ring On ReservationsForty-one people are facing federal charges in an alleged drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed drugs across the Upper Midwest and on two large Minnesota Indian reservations.
Metro Drug Study Shows Meth & Heroin 'Epidemic'There's disappointing news concerning the Twin Cities efforts to reduce illegal drug use, especially the battle against methamphetamine. A report released by Drug Abuse Dialogues shows that meth use is as high as it's ever been in the Twin Cities metro.
Report: Meth Surge 'Is Here Right Now'; Heroin Maintains Grip On Twin CitiesMethamphetamine use has returned to epidemic levels in the Twin Cities not seen since 2005, according to a new research report. Meanwhile, more people than ever have been treated for heroin addiction.
Senator Pushes To Equip More Police With Opiate AntidoteA state lawmaker whose daughter died of a heroin overdose wants to expand access to a lifesaving antidote. Naloxone hydrochloride can counteract an opiate overdose if it's administered soon enough. It's also called Narcan.
Henn. Co. Sheriff: Heroin Deaths Decrease, But Potency Is HighHeroin 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.
Mpls. Police: 'Substantial Amount' Of Heroin Recovered After Police PursuitMinneapolis police say they recovered a substantial amount of heroin after a police pursuit that ended in a crash Friday afternoon.
Couple Fights Drug Addiction With Help Of Teen ChallengeAll 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.
Alleged Suppliers See Murder Charges In Heroin Overdose CaseHennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman called a news conference Wednesday morning to talk about the impact of heroin in the suburbs.
Major Mpls. Heroin Ring Busted And ‘Out Of Business’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."
MDH: Fatal Overdoses Outpace Fatal Crashes In Minn.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.