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February 18, 2018
Five ways Minnesota is tackling the opioid crisis
February 18, 2018 - 6:01am
Anne Emerson, shown in her home in Ramsey, Minn., on Thursday, Feb. 8, lost her fiance, Ryan, to a heroin overdose December 3, 2017. (Jean Pieri / St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Two sides of the opioid crisis in Minnesota: New opioid addiction treatments are saving lives, but not everyone has access
February 18, 2018 - 6:00am
February 17, 2018
Minnesota state Rep. Dave Baker of Willmar says on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, that he supports adding a penny state charge onto every opioid pill, to fund drug abuse programs. But he could not say that he would get votes from fellow Republicans for what could be seen as a new tax.
Don Davis / Forum News Service
Tribune Opinion: Minnesota opioids bill is a brave and needed proposal
February 17, 2018 - 10:35am
January 26, 2018
Shelly Elkington, left, will attend the State of the Union as the guest of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The two have been working to raise awareness of opioid addiction after Elkington's daughter died in 2015. Elkington and Montevideo Police Officer Carmen Beninga, right, display a Narcan kit in this January 2016 file photo. Elkington worked with the Montevideo Police Department to implement officers' usage of the drug which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. (Tribune file photo)
Montevideo woman's crusade against opioid addiction leads to State of the Union
January 26, 2018 - 5:28am
January 23, 2018
Opioid addiction treatment gets a boost as prescribing power expanded
January 23, 2018 - 7:11pm
January 21, 2018
Jenny Schlecht
Shining our light on a problem to help our communities
January 21, 2018 - 9:23am
January 9, 2018
In October, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, with more than 60,000 people killed by drug overdoses in 2016.
S.D. tribes sue pharmaceutical companies for 'creating the opioid epidemic'
January 9, 2018 - 8:01pm
Vernon Red Owl, a member of the Siseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe in South Dakota, raises his arm as a motorist honks a horn in support as more than 200 protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction gathered in Bismarck before marching across the Liberty Memorial Bridge to Mandan
Three South Dakota Indian tribes sue over opioid addictions
January 9, 2018 - 7:48pm
January 4, 2018
Dr. David Herman, CEO of Essentia Health
Hospitals target opioids, mental health: Minnesota’s biggest health systems fashion cooperative effort
January 4, 2018 - 8:30pm
January 3, 2018
Kandiyohi County Board asked to support opioid legislation
January 3, 2018 - 6:33am
December 31, 2017
Killer Crisis: Wisconsin battling opioids on multiple fronts
December 31, 2017 - 10:30am
This methadone clinic in Brainerd, now owned by Valhalla Place, serves about 400 patients facing opioid addiction. Steve Kohls / Forum News Service
Killer Crisis: Access to addiction medication in rural MN limited
December 31, 2017 - 7:02am
Gordon Basswood (from left), Tom Johnson and Joe Nickelson tell their stories at Mn Adult Teen Challenge in Minneapolis on Sept. 28. They are all recovering from opioid addiction.  (Jean Pieri / St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Despair can play role in opioid use: Experts say trauma, mental illness, inequities all factors
December 31, 2017 - 5:00am
December 29, 2017
Dr. Harold Tu. Courtesy photo / University of Minnesota
Killer Crisis: Changing prescribing behavior requires education for doctors, patients
December 29, 2017 - 7:07am
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Mary and Dave Baker lost their 25-year-old son, Dan Baker, to an opioid addiction in 2011. Dan became addicted to opioids after he was prescribed vicodin to treat a herniated disc. Dave Baker, a member of the state House of Representatives, turned his pain into passion and plans to offer legislation that could make Minnesota the first in the nation to require drug companies to pay a surcharge of one cent on each opioid pill sold.
Proposed legislation by Willmar's Rep. Baker could make drug companies pay to address addiction
December 29, 2017 - 6:22am
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