Ramsey Co. Sheriff investigates more dangerous meth supply


Dozens of patients in the east metro have been hospitalized recently due to unusual methamphetamine reactions.

The Pioneer Press reports while meth is dangerous in the first place, a supply floating around the east metro appears to have immediate life-threatening side effects.

Symptoms experience by patients, many in their 20s, treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul include hallucinations, extreme agitation, excited delirium, elevated temperatures and accelerated heartbeat.

One person jumped off a second-story roof, thinking he or she could fly, the sheriff's office said.

The possible tainted drug supply has amounted to a tenfold increase in the average daily number of overdose cases treated at Regions, averaging about one case per day.

A cure for meth addiction could be right around the corner. Medical Daily reports the Food and Drug Administration recently approved a second phase of testing for the drug Ibudilast, which has shown improvement in decreasing opioid dependence and tolerability in meth addicts.

Nearly 13 million Americans ages 12 and older have abused meth once in their lifetime, out of which 353,000 are currently dependent, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-06-14 at 8.45.06 AM

Loved ones identify woman killed in Uptown as Deona Marie Knajdek

She was among the protestors Sunday night when a motorist drove through the crowd.

hutchinson health hospital

Hutchinson Hospital forgives $184K in medical debt following settlement

The AG's office accused the nonprofit hospital of violating a regulatory agreement.


Chaska man seriously injured in waterskiing accident

The 24-year-old was airlifted to a hospital.

Flickr - beach water

9-year-old dies after drowning in Carver Lake in Woodbury

The incident follows a string of drownings in Minnesota over the weekend.

3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - August 2017

Owner closes JUUT in Uptown, cites 'escalating crime and violence'

JUUT is closed after 35 years at the Hennepin and Lake Street location.

Randy Dobnak

Michael Brantley, Astros pound Twins pitching in series finale

Randy Dobnak's six earned runs was part of a long afternoon.

Seimone Augustus

Lynx to retire jerseys of Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson next season

The former Lynx stars were a key piece of their four WNBA titles.

police tape, crime scene

Rushford police officer fires gun during report of a restraining order violation

The incident occurred on Highway 30 near the Rushford Municipal Airport.

lake water

18-year-old dies from drowning in Quarry Park

The incident is one of several drownings to occur in Minnesota in recent weeks.


Ramsey County sheriff's deputy dies amid investigation

The Pioneer Press reports Deputy Daniel Ruettimann passed away last week and few details have been released about his death. Ruettimann was the subject of an internal affairs investigation for improper conduct last year.

Former Ramsey Co. sheriff's son charged with DWI again

Minneapolis police on Wednesday arrested former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher's son, Kyle Fletcher, 23, who suspected of driving while intoxicated. Bob Fletcher famously had his son arrested twice when he was struggling with heroin and cocaine addictions.