Prescription Drugs

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Nurse Accused Of Illegally Accessing Patient Records

A nurse with a history of narcotics theft illegally accessed a state database that contains prescription drug records for 1 million Minnesotans, all under the supervision of government entities that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

03/02/2015

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Henn. Co. Sheriff: Heroin Deaths Decrease, But Potency Is High

Heroin 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.

02/13/2015

Are Prescription Drugs Covered Under My Health Insurance?

Under the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance policies must cover prescription drugs.

03/12/2014

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‘Steve’s Law’ Seeks To Fight Heroin Epidemic

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.

01/25/2014

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Police: Tip From Ex-Wife Led To Robbery Suspect

Authorities say a tip from an ex-wife pointed them to a Sartell man suspected in a string of armed robberies along Interstate 94 from the St. Cloud area to the Minneapolis suburbs. Police released a security video after a masked man robbed a Burger King in Maple Grove Wednesday. The ex-wife of 34-year-old Douglas Wayne Gravelle saw the video on the news and told police he wore the same clothes at a child support hearing. She said he’s addicted to prescription drugs and unemployed.

10/19/2013

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Mayo: 7 Of 10 Americans On At Least One Prescription

A Mayo Clinic study suggests that more Americans are currently taking prescription drugs than not. The results say that about 7 of 10 Americans are currently taking at least one prescription medication, and over 50 percent are on two different prescriptions.

06/19/2013

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Mpls. Police Seek Information In Armed Pharmacy Robbery

Authorities are now offering a $1,000 reward for vital information in an armed robbery of a CVS Pharmacy in Minneapolis.

05/02/2013

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Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens

Chad discusses a new survey on prescription drug abuse among teenagers. Dr. Joseph Lee from Hazelden joins the conversation.

04/23/2013

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Good Question: Reply All: Prescription Drugs, Goose Bumps, Tattoos

You’re not supposed to flush leftover prescription down the toilet because they end up in our lakes and rivers. We don’t want them in landfills because they’ll dissolve into the soil.

03/08/2013

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Hopkins Man Arrested, Charged For Illegal Narcotics, Guns

A 27-year-old Hopkins man has been charged with nine felonies after an investigation located illegal narcotics and firearms in his home and vehicle, according to the Southwest Hennepin Drug Task Force.

09/06/2012

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Target, Wal-Mart To Pay State For Rx Overcharges

Two big-box retail companies will pay Massachusetts towns and cities $232,000 for allegedly overcharging public agencies for prescription drugs through the worker’s compensation insurance system.

07/03/2012

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Report: Team Doctors Supplied Boogaard With Prescription Drugs

A new report from the New York Times claims former Minnesota Wild player Derek Boogaard was supplied with dozens of prescription drugs from team doctors.

06/04/2012

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8 Arrested In Pequot Lakes School Drug Ring

Eight people have been charged in an apparent school drug ring in the Pequot Lakes area.

03/12/2012

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Drug Drop Boxes Coming To Hennepin County

You’ll soon have the chance to get rid of unwanted prescription medications, as Hennepin County will have three locations to drop them off.

03/02/2012

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Prosecutors Form Coalition To Fight Crime, Drug Abuse

Representatives from Ramsey, Dakota and Washington counties got together Tuesday to talk about what they can do about the growing concern in the metro about prescription drug abuse.

02/28/2012

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Authorities: Woman Stole Identities To Get Pain Killers

A 29-year-old Rutledge woman has been arrested for allegedly using the identities of several people to fill fraudulent prescriptions.

02/10/2012

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US Senator Amy Klobuchar On WCCO Morning News

Sen. Klobuchar joined Dave Lee to discuss prospects for a new St Croix river bridge on Tuesday morning.

01/24/2012

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300 Gallons Of Drugs Collected In ℞ ‘Take-Back’

Sheriff’s officials in Washington County were not sure how many drugs they’d collect with their latest drug “take back” campaign. The answer is, a lot.

07/08/2011

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Don’t Flush Old Drugs; Collections Happen Across MN

If you have some old prescription pills in the medicine cabinet don’t throw them out because they could end up in the wrong hands if you aren’t careful.

04/27/2011

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DEA: We Want Your Old Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug abuse has become a huge health and safety concern in our country, particularly a threat to young people.

04/26/2011

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More Prescription Drug ‘Take Back’ Events Planned

It’s time to start cleaning out your medicine cabinet. Events this weekend will allow Minnesotans to drop off old prescription and even over-the-counter drugs.

04/25/2011

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Study: More Young Adults Abusing ADHD Diagnosis

Ninety-five percent of those battling Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are children. However, it’s the 5 percent that is raising new concerns among medical professionals.

04/12/2011

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Attempted Murder Convict Sentenced In Drug Case

A Minnesota mother serving 12 years in prison for trying to kill her two daughters will not have to serve more time for illegally distributing thousands of prescription weight loss pills while working at a North Dakota military base.

03/30/2011

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Study: Adderall Usage Up Among College Students

It is midterm week at colleges across Minnesota. Rather than just studying, many students are turning to a prescription pill to perform in class — Adderall.

03/10/2011

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Woman Pleads Guilty To Prescription Drug-Related Murder

A 56-year-old Browerville woman has pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree murder in connection to a prescription drug-related death, according to the Morrison County Attorney’s Office.

02/22/2011

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