We cannot arrest our way out of this addiction crisis’ — The fight against opioid abuse

Though no criminal charges have been filed in the overdose death of Prince, the number of overdose-related murder prosecutions in Minnesota continues to rise. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday there was no evidence to show that anyone knowingly provided the superstar with fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opiate. Metz said the fentanyl was […]

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Two deaths, 54 other cases of severe bleeding tied to fake weed in Illinois

Synthetic cannabinoids — often called Spice, K2 or fake weed — have been tied to 56 cases of severe bleeding, including two deaths, across Chicago and areas in central Illinois. All of the cases required hospitalization related to coughing up blood, blood in the urine, bloody nose, bleeding gums and other symptoms. Nine of the cases […]

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Community Forum – Wednesday, April 25th

On Wednesday, April 25th, 6:30 p.m. at Ogilvie High School the SACK Coalition will be hosting a Community Forum to discuss the Opioid epidemic and what our community partners are doing to help prevent the spread of this deadly epidemic.  We invite you to join the SACK Coalition and our partners for this informative, educational […]

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Unhooking from video games, including Fortnite

  Blog | Delaney Ruston, MD | Screenagers   Fortnite is the latest video game grabbing youth’s attention. My 18-year-old loves playing it with his friends. Meanwhile, we are getting lots of questions about it at screenings and in other settings with parents and kids. The game has been attracting millions of players with its survivor-style […]

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The Spice of Death: The Science behind Tainted “Synthetic Marijuana”

Experts describe how rat poison linked to a recent bleeding outbreak does its damage. Three people died and more than 100 have been sickened in the past few weeks after taking synthetic cannabinoids, human-made compounds that target the same brain receptors as marijuana. Symptoms documented by poison centers—first mostly in the Midwest, and now in […]

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Youth e-Cigarette use is an emerging public health threat.

Among Minnesota high school students, e-cigarette use is now double conventional cigarette use. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale, or vape, aerosolized liquid (e-juice). E-cigarettes, “vapes”, vape or hookah pens, e-pipes, and other vaping products recently surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth so it is critical […]

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