New funding to help make overdose antidote more available to emergency responders (West Central Tribune, 7/24/15)
"The law, enacted last year, grants limited immunity to those who call 911 to report a drug overdose. By reducing fear of prosecution as one of the barriers, it’s hoped that overdose victims will receive treatment more quickly and improve their chances of survival."
Picnic marks end of first year for drug court (Owatonna People's Press, 7/15/15)
"Hundreds of thousands of dollars not spent housing the participants in jails or prisons. Dozens of participants working and paying taxes who would otherwise be locked up. Child protection cases closed and child support paid. Driving privileges restored. Days, months and years of sobriety."
Veterans praise Ramsey County veterans court as life-changing (Star Tribune, 7/9/15)
"Hvinden drank to cope with his anxiety. He said veterans court helped him become sober, connected him with transitional housing that eventually led to him finding his own apartment, and encouraged him to do more with his life."
Heroin use is on the rise — especially in the Midwest (MinnPost, 7/9/15)
"Although deaths involving heroin have increased in all regions of the country, the greatest increase has been in the Midwest, which experienced an 11-fold jump in heroin-related overdose deaths between 2000 and 2013, according to an earlier CDC report."
Narcan is helping reduce overdose deaths in Hennepin County (MinnPost, 6/17/15)
"In Hennepin County, opioid-related overdose deaths decreased from 132 in 2013 to 102 in 2014 (although in Ramsey County the numbers went up from 37 to 42)."
Seminar encourages people in recovery go public and advocate for legislation (MinnPost, 3/18/15)
"Now that the Affordable Care Act includes substance use disorder treatment as an essential healthcare benefit, addiction is being acknowledged as a brain disorder, not a moral failing. Just as with HIV-AIDS and breast cancer in previous decades, addiction is abandoning the shadow of shame and stepping into the light."
Minnesota's specialty courts for chronic drunken drivers reduce recidivism and costs, national study finds (Star Tribune, 11/20/2014)
"A national two-year study released Wednesday showed that in nearly all nine of the DWI courts evaluated, the rearrest rates for graduates of the intensive program dropped dramatically compared with offenders who went through the traditional court process."
P.E.A.S.E. Academy: 25 years of keeping adolescents in school and off drugs (MinnPost, 10/22/14)
"To ensure recovery, a school environment must be clean. At P.E.A.S.E. and other recovery schools, this means strict rules about drug and alcohol use."
Sober-living communities make college possible for students in recovery (MinnPost, 8/29/14)
"Going to college can be especially stressful for young people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. With a well-earned reputation for un-monitored partying, life on college or university campuses can feel like a minefield for a newly sober student."
Drug Courts in Minnesota: Smart on crime, not 'soft on crime' (MinnPost, 3/5/14)
"Each drug court takes a team approach, with all players at the table – a judge, a prosecutor, a public defender, a law-enforcement official, probation officers, chemical dependency experts, and community volunteers. Traditional adversaries in the courtroom now become advocates – all pulling in the same direction."
Addicted mothers in Anoka County gain hope, a future with kids (Star Tribune, 1/12/2014)
"The program sometimes has been on financial life support, anxiously awaiting last-minute state grants. But the results have been consistently eye-opening."
More than half of Minnesota’s detox centers shut down (Star Tribune, 12/9/2013)
"Increasingly, the burden of treating chronic alcohol and drug users has fallen on local sheriffs, police and hospital ERs, which are ill-equipped to provide counseling or long-term treatment."