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Slight hike to state minimum wage, more opioid education to become law Jan. 1
December 17, 2019 - 3:29pm
ST. PAUL — Those making minimum wage in most Minnesota cities will see a slight bump in their pay. Medical professionals will be required to...
Extension program addresses rural opioid misuse
September 23, 2019 - 4:30pm
FARGO — From 2008 to 2015, opioid prescriptions increased 59.7% in North Dakota, and enough opioids were prescribed in South Dakota in 2017...
Rural Minnesota faces its own drug crisis
July 29, 2019 - 9:41am
DULUTH — On Tuesday, July 23, Sue Purchase loaded up the trunk of her car outside her Duluth home and drove to the Fond du Lac Reservation...
Minnesota’s largest naloxone distributor won’t get grant funds
July 10, 2019 - 8:21pm
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s largest supplier of the lifesaving opioid overdose antidote naloxone will no longer receive state support for its...
Accident or murder? Use of homicide charges to prosecute fatal overdoses draws controversy
June 30, 2019 - 8:00pm
DULUTH, Minn. — Bryan Hodapp of Eveleth shared some synthetic mushrooms with his girlfriend while they attended a wedding rehearsal. Soon after,...
New medical marijuana research muddies message about opioid overdose
June 21, 2019 - 7:40am
MINOT, N.D. — A new study that reverses thought on the benefits of medical marijuana in preventing opioid deaths is evidence more cannabis...
Elimination of Minnesota Medicaid official criticized
June 19, 2019 - 8:52pm
ST. PAUL — The longtime medical director of Minnesota’s Medicaid program is out at the Department of Human Services, and his colleagues say...
Walz signs plan to make drug companies pay for fallout of opioid epidemic into law
May 22, 2019 - 5:52pm
ST. PAUL — Drug distributors and manufacturers will be required to help pay for some of the aftermath of the opioid epidemic in Minnesota after...
Drug overdose deaths decrease for first time in North Dakota
March 13, 2019 - 7:00am
BISMARCK — After a record number of 77 drug overdose deaths in North Dakota in 2016, that number has declined slightly. The Centers for Disease...
Rx for addiction? North Dakota workers’ rate of opioid prescriptions 'consistently higher' than other states
December 24, 2018 - 6:00am
BISMARCK — Richard Landsberger’s job at a dairy required him to repeatedly lift and stack milk crates. Decades of hefting 40-pound milk cases...
This North Dakota county is an opioid hot spot for injured workers
December 22, 2018 - 2:42pm
BISMARCK — Burleigh County health providers are by far the heaviest prescribers of narcotic painkillers for injured workers covered by the...
Bismarck joins opioid litigation
November 28, 2018 - 10:56pm
BISMARCK — The Bismarck City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 28, to participate in the multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers...
Officers honored for saving lives on North Dakota reservations
July 26, 2018 - 8:57pm
FARGO — U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in Fargo on Thursday, July 26, that many American Indian tribes are in...
Minnesota sues over opioids
May 30, 2018 - 11:53am
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and Attorney General Lori Swanson have sued Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics, alleging it illegally...
Two more ND tribes file lawsuits against opioid industry
May 7, 2018 - 10:14am
BISMARCK -- Two more North Dakota Native American tribes have filed federal lawsuits against the opioid industry. The Turtle Mountain Band of...