DULUTH -- Jess McCarthy’s first month on the job hasn’t been easy. McCarthy was hired last month to the new position of opioid program technician for Duluth police and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. A major part of her job is to connect with individuals who have overdosed and help them break free from their addiction. Twice in the past week-and-a-half, McCarthy said on Friday, Jan. 25, she hurried to the ICU after hearing someone had overdosed. Both times, her would-be clients died before she ever had a chance to meet with them.
DULUTH -- People in his profession have good reason to be concerned about gun violence, Dr. Ray Christensen says. “We have to fix everybody up that gets shot,” said Christensen, a Moose Lake physician who is also an associate dean at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth campus. “There’s a lot of people that don’t die but that are maimed for life.”
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- An employee at a Grand Rapids nursing facility kept more than 1,900 opioid tablets intended for clients for herself over two years, according to a state agency’s investigation. The facility’s clients sometimes went without pain medications as a result, according to the report.
ST. PAUL -- Alzheimer’s disease is being added as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Minnesota, the state health commissioner announced Monday, Dec. 3. In a news release, Commissioner Jan Malcolm cited “potential benefits of medical cannabis to improve the mood, sleep and behavior of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.”
Tara Haakonson thought she was healthier than she'd ever been. In her freshman year at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the St. Cloud-area native was doing all the right things. She worked out obsessively, and her diet was heavy on fruits and vegetables. She entirely eschewed processed foods and fast foods. She started out with a goal of 1,200 calories per day, but that decreased to between 900 and 1,000, said Haakonson, now 24. "Now" is seven years later, and she knows that level is "not sustainable. It's not nearly enough to keep your body healthy."
NETT LAKE, Minn. — When she was a medical school student at the University of North Dakota, Shanna Landgren came home to the Bois Forte reservation on as many weekends as possible. “That was my reprieve,” she recalled. “I would come home. I would go hunting with my dad. I’d go fishing with my dad and my brothers. My kayak was at my parents’ house. My canoe was there. That’s the stuff that kept me grounded. That’s the stuff I grew up with.”