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June 12, 2019
Minnesota employers offered resources on opioids
June 12, 2019 - 6:28pm
Crow Wing County Community Services director Kara Terry (right) jots down suggestions from attendees at a two-hour community roundtable presented by the Crow Wing County Drug Coalition in the cafeteria at Brainerd High School on Tuesday, June 11, about the increasing drug problem in the county. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch   
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Community roundtable seeks innovative solutions to county drug problems
June 12, 2019 - 9:00am
June 8, 2019
At least 175 drug overdoses in MN — 17 fatal — the past 2 weeks
June 8, 2019 - 3:09pm
May 22, 2019
Walz signs plan to make drug companies pay for fallout of opioid epidemic into law
May 22, 2019 - 5:52pm
May 20, 2019
Sen. Chris Eaton, left, and Rep. Dave Baker, right, spoke about losing their children to opioid addiction and a bill they passed Monday, May 20, that would increase resources for treatment and education.
'We’re going to save a bunch of lives': Opioid response bill makes it out in final hours
May 20, 2019 - 10:41pm
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Gov. Tim Walz walk through the Capitol press room Monday, May 20, 2019. They talked to reporters on the final day of the regular legislative session. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Here's what the bipartisan state budget could mean for Greater Minnesota
May 20, 2019 - 5:38pm
May 16, 2019
5 more states sue Purdue Pharma over opioid crisis
May 16, 2019 - 7:07pm
Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Koering questions at the Tuesday, May 14, board meeting the county community services department's request to hire a social worker. Frank Lee / Brainerd Dispatch
Crow Wing County: Koering questions hiring of social worker
May 16, 2019 - 4:28pm
May 6, 2019
Minnesota state Rep. Dave Baker of Willmar listens to a witness talk about the state opioid abuse problem during a Monday, May 6, House-Senate conference committee hearing.
Minnesota's opioid fight needs more than money
May 6, 2019 - 5:27pm
April 24, 2019
Kaylyn Collett, a recovering drug addict, speaks during open forum at the Tuesday, April 23, meeting of the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners. Frank Lee / Brainerd Dispatch Videoplay button
Crow Wing County Board hears from recovering drug addicts at open forum
April 24, 2019 - 9:54am
April 18, 2019
Crow Wing County Community Services social worker Richard Grundtner, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, and a former addict, gestures during his presentation to commissioners at the April 16 committee of the whole meeting about the science behind addiction. Frank Lee / Brainerd Dispatch
Crow Wing County social worker calls addiction a disease, not a choice
April 18, 2019 - 10:30am
April 10, 2019
Doug Kern of Brainerd defends Commissioner Paul Koering's character during the open forum portion of the Tuesday, April 9, meeting of the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners. Frank Lee / Brainerd Dispatchplay button
Crow Wing County commissioner remains mum, supporters speak up
April 10, 2019 - 5:00am
April 1, 2019
Minnesota state Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, hugged her aunt Monday, April 1, after the Senate approved a bill that would increase the fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors to fund opioid addiction education and treatment programs. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Opioid package passes Minnesota Senate, will require negotiation with House
April 1, 2019 - 4:24pm
March 30, 2019
Opioids remain a major public health challenge in Minnesota and nationwide, but Little Falls and several greater Minnesota communities are showing real progress is possible, the Minnesota Department of Health recently reported. Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
State looking to expand on successful St. Gabriel's strategy for fighting opioid crisis
March 30, 2019 - 10:00am
March 28, 2019
Recovering addicts Crystal McCormick (left) of Crosby and Tashya Swenson of Brainerd face and listen Tuesday, March 26, to Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard at the county board meeting. Frank Lee / Brainerd Dispatch
They were high on drugs. Now, they're just grateful to still be alive.
March 28, 2019 - 5:00am