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In The Moment ... September 26, 2017 Show 185 Hour 1

U.S. Attorney for the district of South Dakota Randy Seiler provides opening and closing remarks this Thursday in Porcupine at the Protecting Our Tribal Communities Conference.  Responding to drugs, violent crime and public corruption are themes at the afternoon conference which features several guest speakers.  The event is sponsored by the South Dakota United States Attorney's Office and the Oglala Sioux Tribe.  What does the Conference hope to accomplish? 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota authorities have taken 500-thousand dollars’ worth of a dangerous drug off the street. Tuesday Chamberlain Police and the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant. They found 20,000 fentanyl pills.

Fentanyl has real medical uses. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that doctors prescribe the synthetic opioid to ease pain after surgery or alleviate chronic pain. People addicted to drugs may use fentanyl that’s manufactured for medicine.

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South Dakotans can now report tips about illegal drugs through text messages. Project Stand Up is a statewide campaign that collects anonymous tips about drug crime. Authorities say the program is part enforcement and part deterrent.

With one word and five numbers, people who suspect illegal drug activity can report it. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says cell phone users text "drugs" to 82257.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A drug that reverses opioid overdose is available in South Dakota without a prescription. The option is a response to national trends in painkiller abuse. Pharmacists at Walgreens can dispense the drug. Starting February 1st, Avera and Hy-Vee pharmacies also offer the medication to keep in case of emergency.

A medicine called naloxone reverses the toxic effects of taking too many painkillers. It’s the generic drug for the brand-name Narcan.

Dr. Matthew Stanley with Avera Health says using the nasal spray is the first step in saving someone who overdoses on opioids.

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants the legislature to update the state’s wiretapping laws.

The move is part of an overall attempt to address the state's methamphetamine epidemic. Daugaard says the update allows police to monitor drug trafficking.

Daugaard says right now law enforcement can use court orders to tap into landline phones.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s governor says he wants to fight methamphetamine by punishing bad behavior and reinforcing the good.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants to offer incentives to beat addiction. He says he supports allowing offenders who complete court-ordered treatment in a year one opportunity to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor. Daugaard says he also supports mandatory jail time for people on probation or parole who fail drug tests.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A Sioux Falls doctor says insurance status often dictates resources available for meth users who want to break free from the drug. Health leaders say meth is a dangerous substance with devastating physical, mental, and social ramifications.

A typical poster condemning meth use displays a disheveled person with a miserable gaze, ashen skin and open sores. Doctor Jennifer Tinguely with Falls Community Health in Sioux Falls says meth affects every system of the body. She says the drug triggers a rush of hormones including dopamine, adrenaline, and serotonin.

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Erik Bringswhite is a former Rapid City gang member who now works to stop meth use in South Dakota.  Bringswhite uses Lakota culture and spirituality to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction.

Bringswhite is a meth prevention coordinator with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.   He stopped by the Rapid City studio for an interview with a group of individuals working to curb the use of the addictive drug in the state.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A Pierre man is alive because first responders used a medication to reverse the effects of a drug overdose. Officials credit the drug Narcan for saving the man’s life.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says emergency crews responded to a call in Pierre Monday night for a man who needed medical attention.

SD Attorney General Calls For Drug Awareness Campaign

Apr 19, 2016

A South Dakota resident has died of a heroin overdose. Attorney General Marty Jackley is rolling out a meth and heroin public awareness campaign this summer. Jackley says now is the time to focus on the issue, before more problems occur.

 

Tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. CT, SDPB-TV airs the premiere of the new FRONTLINE documentary “Chasing Heroin.” 

This intense documentary explores how America is experimenting with radical new approaches to the drug problem in the face of a heroin epidemic.  Following four addicts in Seattle, the film probes U.S. drug policy and investigates what happens when addiction is treated like a public health crisis, not a crime. 

Hemp Bill Falls On Legislative Hurdle

Feb 18, 2016

A panel of state legislators has turned down a bill to legalize industrial hemp.  The bill passed the house by a large majority, but hit a wall in its first hearing before the Senate Ag and Natural Resources Committee.

Proponents say hemp doesn’t contain THC, the component in marijuana that produces a high.  They say hemp can be a good source of income for farmers, and add that surrounding states are out competing South Dakota.   

Statehouse Podcast: Transgender Bathrooms, Ed Funding, CAFO’s, Marijuana

Feb 16, 2016
Jenifer Jones

The State House podcast for Tuesday February 16th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on regulations of transgender bathrooms and locker rooms in schools, education funding, feedlot approval regulations, and drug policy.

Heroin Overdoses: Hype Or Actual Pending SD Epidemic?

Dec 17, 2015
Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control describe heroin related deaths as an epidemic in the United States, and some officials have raised concerns South Dakota is about to see a spike in heroin and prescription opioid overdoses.

But, data from the State Department of Health shows that over the last decade heroin overdoses are almost non-existent in South Dakota.   

 And while prescription drug abuse is a concern the numbers of opioid overdose deaths are smaller than other drugs like meth or alcohol.

Voters May Again Decide On Medical Marijuana

Nov 10, 2015
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South Dakota voters may have another chance to approve or turn down medical marijuana.
 
Proponents of a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for medical use turned in roughly 16-thousand signatures to the Secretary of State’s office.  About 13-thousand are needed to put the issue before voters.  State officials are now working to verify the petitions.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A 19-year-old Sioux Falls man is dead after a weekend shooting that involved drugs and alcohol. Officers say Mikael Ashame died early Saturday morning from a gunshot wound. The man who shot him is in custody, and authorities arrested another person who owns the gun.

Sioux Falls police officials say they responded to a shooting first as a 911 hang up. Someone said a man shot himself, and another story was a man in a ski mask came in and shot someone. The investigation shows one man is dead following an accidental shooting.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Two people face felony human trafficking charges after Sioux Falls police met with two victims. Officials arrested one man and one woman accused of sex trafficking, and they took two more people into custody for drug charges.

The human trafficking investigation started Monday when officers found an ad online related to prostitution. They arranged a meeting with two women.

Baby Death In Sioux Falls May Be Homicide

Aug 10, 2015
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls Police say they suspect that the death of a baby last week was not an accident. Authorities are looking for the girl’s father; he faces abuse and drug charges. Meantime officials are trying to understand what happened to the girl before emergency responders got to the baby’s home.

Kayleigh Joy Schumm was two and a half weeks old when she died last week at a Sioux Falls hospital. Authorities say it happened a day after the baby stopped breathing while home with her father.

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Leaders of the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe are legalizing marijuana on the reservation. The executive board has approved the ordinance after examining how other areas handle legalized marijuana. Members are planning for an operation that grows marijuana for medicinal and recreational use.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux executive board is making marijuana a tribal business. President Tony Reider says leaders are working to create a secure environment to cultivate the crop.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls Police officers are issuing hundreds of tickets as part of a crackdown on unsafe driving. Details from this weekend’s saturation patrol show violations ranging from speeding to drugs and alcohol. Authorities, however, say the enforcement push is about more than writing citations.

On Friday night, more than two dozen extra police officers patrolled Sioux Falls watching for drivers breaking traffic laws. Officer Sam Clemens says the result is 329 citations. 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Police arrested two people Thursday after they found meth in a house with an in-home daycare near a Sioux Falls elementary school. Authorities say they discovered 5.9 grams of meth divided into seven baggies. Officer Sam Clemens says police received a specific, credible tip Thursday morning and decided not to wait.

Terminally ill patients in South Dakota could get a chance to try experimental drugs that have not completed the full FDA approval process.

The State Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved House Bill 1080—it gives a dying patient a chance to try an unproven drug treatment.  

State Representative Leslie Heinemann is a sponsor of the bill.     

Russ Wilke, MD, Internal Medicine Physician at Sanford Health in Fargo.  Wilke is a co-author in a study published in Nature Communications  about how statin medications that can be attributed to genetic factors. Statins are the most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the United States.  These drugs reduce the frequency and severity of cardiovascular disease in patients at risk for heart attack and stroke.  The study looked at genetics, drugs and side effects in patients.

A mobile meth lab explosion in Sioux Falls is drawing more attention to the hazards of manufacturing drugs. Two people were burned when their one-pot meth lab burst Friday evening, starting a car on fire.

JayJay Coronado, 29, suffered chemical burns so bad he was airlifted to a burn unit in Minnesota. Kristy Wilker, 38 years old, was treated in Sioux Falls. Both face charges including possession and manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Sioux Falls Police Department

A suspected drug dealer is under arrest in Sioux Falls after police found multiple drugs at his house.

Sioux Falls authorities had a search warrant Wednesday when they discovered more than two pounds of marijuana, nine grams of hash oil, a shotgun and more than $18,000 in cash. Officer Sam Clemens says police also found 10 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms.

Life Sentence For Alaboudi

Mar 18, 2014

Federal prosecutors won a life sentence for an Iraqi refugee Monday.  Mohammed Alaboudi sold several women and girls for sex at his Sioux Falls Apartment.  He was convicted by a federal jury last December on several sex trafficking counts.  U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson discusses how Alaboudi lured multiple girls and young women to his home and how authorities acted on the case.

March Into The Light

Sep 3, 2013

September is National Recovery Month.  On Saturday, Face It Together sponsors the third March Into the Light community walk to celebrate recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.  The walk begins at 6:45 a.m. at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  Face It Together is a group of social entrepreneurs dedicated to transforming the way our nation treats and understands addiction.  Face It Together CEO Kevin Kirby and Craig Kindrat, Manager of the Avera Behavioral Health Services Addiction Recovery Program, talked about addiction recovery and Saturday's walk on Tuesday's Dakota Midday.

A series of events Wednesday morning led the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force and the Sioux Falls Police Department to seize about 9 pounds of methamphetamine and over $94,000 cash. A woman rented a hotel room in southwest Sioux Falls and upon checkout, forgot a large amount of cash under the mattress. Employees were suspicious of her story to re-enter the room and called police. Chief Doug Barthel says the amount of drugs seized equals about a half of a million dollars on the street.

Drug Courts

Jan 31, 2013
National Center for DWI Courts

In his State of the State Address, Governor Dennis Daugaard proposed a criminal justce reform measure that includes an expansion of the state's drug and alcohol courts.  West Huddleston, CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, discussed how drug courts work and their effectiveness in helping addicts and their families.  Huddleston is regarded as a national pioneer in drug courts and other alternative sentencing strategies.