The Department of Health blames opiate-based prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, as a driving factor in the spike. Evidence of its impact is showing up in treatment centers, arrest reports and the number of overdoses.
KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards
Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.
Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries
It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.
'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says
The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.
Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball
"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."
Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program
MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.
Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts
A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.
New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown
The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.
What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?
The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.
'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail
Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.
ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake
He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.
20 percent of those in treatment are fighting heroin, other opiates
When it comes to the substances that cause Minnesotans to seek treatment for addiction, only alcohol outpaces heroin. Other opiates -- mostly prescription painkillers -- are right behind. It's a big change since 2000 when those categories comprised less than 5 percent of treatment admissions.
Heroin, opiate abuse hits record level in Twin Cities metro
A report from the Department of Human Services says more people in the metro area are abusing heroin and opiates, such as prescription painkillers, than at any time in history. The use of synthetic drugs has also increased.
New fight against heroin abuse spans state agencies, health care
Minnesota's latest effort to fight abuse of heroin and other opiates brings together a range of government departments and health care providers. The health, public safety, human services, and education departments are all involved. So are doctors, since many addictions grow out of the painkillers they prescribe.
Minnesota launches campaign to end prescription drug abuse
With overdoses on the rise, local officials are looking to curb the problem.
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