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The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Know the Truth will be hosting two community forums with a focus on heroin use and addiction. These events are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about heroin and other illegal drugs that are being used in the community. The schedule is: •Wednesday, July […]

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The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Know the Truth will be hosting two community forums with a focus on heroin use and addiction. These events are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about heroin and other illegal drugs that are being used in the community. The schedule is: •Wednesday, July […]

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• Lawmakers press for ability to use drug to counteract overdoses without fear of penalty Sen. Chris Eaton’s legislation to increase access to naloxone passed unanimously on April 8 in the Minnesota Senate. In doing so, lawmakers approved what has been termed “Steve’s Law” (Senate file 1900), which will permit a wider use of the […]

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Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Minnesota State Senator Chris Eaton are calling for a new law that would allow law enforcement officers to administer a heroin antidote.  This would potentially provide quicker access to lifesaving treatment for people who overdose on heroin or other opiates such as prescription painkillers. Currently in Minnesota, law enforcement […]

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by Olivia Koester, ECM Publishers Kim Iverson can picture Jake Schmaus, her son’s best friend, over for a sleepover when he was a boy. Her husband coached Robert McCullough in youth football many years ago. Although she can remember Schmaus and McCullough as lively little kids, a fresher image might be their funerals. Both boys lost […]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor While the city of Elk River’s 2014 budget won’t be finalized until December, it appears all but certain that funding for a drug task force detective will not be in it. Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe had asked for the detective as one means to help the city combat […]

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Related stories about the heroin problem •Heroin emerges as a growing problem statewide, and locally •Heroin: Cheap, accessible and very pure •Signs of substance abuse by Joni Astrup Associate Editor For Tom and Janet Weishalla, of Elk River, the first sign of trouble came when their son, Bobby, was in seventh grade. “He made friends […]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Shortly after Joel Brott became Sherburne County’s sheriff in 2009, he was invited to participate in an event about heroin. At that time there had been some heroin arrests in Sherburne County but it didn’t seem to be prevalent, he said. Today, that isn’t the case. Sherburne County saw nearly […]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor How can you tell if someone you care about is abusing heroin or another drug? Carol Falkowski, who conducts educational workshops through her business, Drug Abuse Dialogues, said there are signs to watch for, but noted that adolescent addiction is particularly hard to identify because many of the signs are […]

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