Killer Crisis: Genetics One Of Many Causes For Opioid Addiction

Drug addicts may be able to partially blame their ancestors. “Genetics has a huge amount to do with who has a problem and who ends up getting addicted,” said Dr. Sheila Specker, a University of Minnesota psychiatrist.. While genetics may not push someone into opioids instead of, say, cocaine, they can be a factor in…
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Minnesota’s New U.S. Senator Emphasizes Travel Around Minnesota

Tina Smith says she understands greater Minnesota’s needs as she takes over for U.S. Sen. Al Franken. “I have traveled every corner of the state,” the Minneapolis resident told Forum News Service in a telephone interview Wednesday, Jan. 3, after she took the oath to become senator. That, she said, included learning how important agriculture…
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Killer Crisis: Wisconsin Battling Opioids On Multiple Fronts

By Mike Longaecker Patty Schachtner suspects she saw a new level of desperation in 2017. The St. Croix County medical examiner this year determined a person died from consuming horse wormer medication. Schachtner said the suicide was the first of its kind the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory has reviewed. “I think it’s a sign of…
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Killer Crisis: Changing Prescribing Behavior Requires Education

By Michael Brun Every opioid addiction has a starting point. For many, that first dose comes in the form of a prescription medication. That was the case with Dr. Angie Rake’s brother. At age 26 he was prescribed the opioid painkiller Percocet while undergoing cancer treatment. His body became physically dependent on the drug, which…
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‘Acting Lieutenant Governor’ Quiet In First Day On Job

Minnesota state Senate President Michelle Fischbach calls herself “acting lieutenant governor,” but has not talked publicly about the job she just inherited. The Republican senator issued a statement Wednesday, Jan. 3, giving no indication that she plans to be an active No. 2 to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. “My primary focus will continue to be…
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