'I Feel Like It's Worse': Parts Of South Minneapolis Still Plagued By Needle Littering“This year it seems like it’s almost double, you know, the amount of needles that we’re picking up, and there has been an uptick in some of the overdoses and drug-related responses that we go to,” Assistant Minneapolis Fire Chief Melanie Rucker said.
Opioid Overdoses Have Spiked In Minnesota During PandemicThe opioid epidemic led to a record number of drug overdoses in the United States last year. The spike is happening in Minnesota, too.
'It's Like Russian Roulette': Mom Warns Others After Son, 18, Dies From Taking Fentanyl-Laced PillA Minneapolis mom wants kids to hear more about the opioid epidemic after her own heartbreak.
Opioid Prescriptions Down Significantly In Minnesota Over Last 3 YearsChronic pain advocates believe changes in prescribing practices have negatively affected thousands of Minnesotans.
'It Is A Public Health Concern': Minneapolis Installs Used Needle Disposal Boxes In Pilot ProgramMinneapolis’s health department is doing something about the city’s needle problem.
The Startling Scale Of Dysfunction At Minnesota’s Department Of Human ServicesMinnesota's Department of Human Services admits it make a mistake when it overpaid Native American tribes by $29 million for opioid treatment programs over the last several years -- but state lawmakers say that's just one part of a disturbing pattern at the troubled agency.
'You Are Not Alone': Nonprofit Combats Stigma Of Addiction In Somali CommunityAs the opioid crisis continues in Minnesota, the Somali-American community is facing a new challenge.
Minnesota Family Wants To Know Why Daughter Was Prescribed 481 Pills In The Last Month Of Her LifeA Twin Cities family believes the system failed to protect their daughter from powerful prescription drugs. Marcy Small Hoffman died of a drug overdose four years ago. But her family's questions about her doctor's prescribing practices have gone unanswered.
'Things Went Too Far': Minnesota Doctors Keeping Closer Eye On Opioid PrescriptionsMinnesota doctors are keeping a closer eye on drugs they prescribe patients during the opioid crisis.
Minnesota Opioid Task Force To Hold 1st Meeting Next WeekMinnesota's new task force on the opioid crisis will hold its first meeting next week on how best to spend $20 million from new licensing fees on the pharmaceutical industry.
Purple Ribbons In Little Earth Community Alert For Houses Supplied With NarcanLittle Earth trains its people on chest compression methods and Narcan use twice a year. They're training people who don't even live on their property, and children as young as 11 years old.
'I Lost Count At 60': Neighbors, Firefighters Clean Up Used Needles In Minneapolis As Problem GrowsThe health department says it is a problem across the city, but they're noticing it most in the Ventura Village, Midtown Phillips and East Phillips neighborhoods.
Pet Owners Find New Challenges Filling Prescriptions Over New Opioid LawsThe state's new opioid law went into effect at the beginning of the month, and parts of it have forced veterinarians to clear up confusion.
Twin Cities Orthopedics Cuts Patients' Opioid Use With New Prescription GuidelinesThe results included a 61 percent drop in pills prescribed, a 62 percent drop in prescription strength, and a doubling of safe disposal of unused medication.
Report: Overdose Deaths In Minnesota Saw A Big Drop In 2018Minnesota saw a big drop in drug overdose deaths in 2018.