Minnesota Ranks Last In Nation For Drug Use, Study FindsWhile drug addiction and abuse remain at issue in Minnesota, comparatively speaking with the rest of the nation the state is in a great standing.
Excelsior Family Mourns Son's Death From FentanylShortly after high school, Christian Hoelke went down a troubled path of drug addiction.
Grandmother Overcomes Drugs To Help Other AddictsOn Wednesday, Dec. 9, WCCO is hosting a phone bank as part of our "Trees of Hope" series. WCCO will be raising funds for Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. MnTC helps thousands of people overcome drug addiction and lead healthy and productive lives.
Minnesota Rehabilitation Nonprofit Helps Woman Face Difficult PastAll season long, WCCO is shining a light on Minnesota groups that could use your help to make the holiday brighter. The series is called "Trees of Hope."
Fmr. NBA Player Reaches Out To Teens About AddictionChris Herren is not a name recognized locally, but his story applies to all because it is a story of how you can become addicted. Herren played division one basketball and made it to the NBA -- until heroin took over his life.
String Of Heroin Overdoses Prompts Nonprofit's Emergency Training SessionsFive people in Hennepin County overdosed on heroin Thursday, according to a group battling overdoses and addictions. That prompted the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation to host emergency training Saturday.
Cops: S.D. Prison Escapee Arrested In Prior Lake After Robbing 3 BanksOfficials in the south metro say a career criminal has been arrested after escaping a South Dakota prison and robbing three banks in the Twin Cities metro area.
Woman Accused Of Stealing $75K From Parents For Cosmetic Surgery, DrugsA 54-year-old Lakeland woman is accused of stealing more than $75,000 from her parents in order to fund a tummy tuck, breast lift and her prescription drug addiction. According to the Dakota County Attorney's Office, Kristen Mary Kruzel was charged Wednesday with three counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
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.
Trees Of Hope: After Kicking Drugs, Seth & Gina Are Giving BackThis holiday season, WCCO's "Trees of Hope" campaign is partnering with organizations that help make lives brighter all year long. This week, our set is decked out in colorful ornaments and ribbons to celebrate Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. The group offers treatment plans for our neighbors who are struggling with addiction.
Hennepin County Talks Heroin At Community ForumThe 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.
Vigil Held For Man, Woman Killed In Hwy 212 StandoffFriends gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Maple Grove Arboretum Saturday night to remember the two people killed after a high-speed chase on Highway 212 last week. Police shot and killed 36-year-old Matthew Serbus of Brooklyn Center and 34-year-old Dawn Pfister of Delavan, Wis. Their deaths followed a chase with police though Eden Prairie on Highway 212 on Feb. 7. "It's just really shocking," said Serbus' friend Sarah Higgins. "You never think that's going to happen to someone you know."
‘Steve’s Law’ Seeks To Fight Heroin EpidemicA 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.
Struggling Students Find Home At Rochester SchoolSam Thomas suffered from crippling panic attacks. The attacks were so severe that Thomas would miss weeks of school at a time. Big groups terrified him. And the more school he missed, the worse the attacks got when another school day approached, creating a cycle that only got worse.
Tainted Meth Sends Several To Hospital Within 24 HrsA dozen people have been taken to the hospital in the past 24 hours from overdosing on a particularly bad batch of meth. Deputies think the meth is coming from the east metro, and they are concerned.