Opioid Crisis

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... September 6, 2018 Show 416 Hour 1

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50—a  statistic that was not true even five years ago. In South Dakota, opioid related overdoses are also on the rise. Last year brought 10 opioid-related deaths in Minnehaha County alone, and this year that number is already higher.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joins in a call for Congress to pass the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act. This week, 52 state and territory attorneys general signed a letter in support of the SOFA Act, which they say will close a loophole that keeps law enforcement a step behind the growing opioid epidemic. 

Michael Zimny

In The Moment ... June 27, 2018 Show 367 Hour 1

Substance abuse is common among male and female inmates in South Dakota prisons. Department of Social Services statistics show that in 2017, 87 percent of adult offenders were substance-dependent at the time of intake. However, more women are incarcerated for drug offenses than men -- 65 percent of female inmates versus 27 percent of males -- while more males are in prison for violent offenses than females: 47 percent to 14 percent respectively.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... June 27, 2018 Show 367 Hour 1

We talk this hour about addressing opioid overuse and abuse in South Dakota and the statewide efforts and policies to save lives.

We're joined by:
Tom Martinec, Deputy Secretary, South Dakota Department of Health

Tiffany Wolfgang, Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services, SD DSS

Tim Rave, VP of Public Policy, Sanford Health

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is filing a lawsuit against three pharmaceutical companies alleging they misrepresented the effect of opioid painkillers.

The lawsuit alleges these companies took steps to conceal those risks.

Attorney General Jackley says many South Dakotans, both patients and doctors, relied on information provided by these opioid manufacturers.

So the state of South Dakota has filed a civil suit against Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions.

Dr. Dan Heinemann is a vice president and medical officer for Sanford Health Network. He's serving his second term as delegation chair for the American Academy of Family Physicians delegation to the AMA. He joins us to discuss the CARA 2.0 Act in Congress, billed as the sequel to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016

In The Moment ... March 6, 2018 Show 290 Hour 2

Attorney General Marty Jackley discusses the opioid crisis and legislation passed this session in Pierre to increase penalties for drug-related offenses. We also discuss the potential impact of the White House Opioid Summit on March 1, 2018.

In The Moment ... March 6, 2018 Show 290 Hour 2

SD Legislative Research Council

In The Moment ... February 22, 2018 Show 282 Hour 2

South Dakota state Senator Lance Russell is from Hot Springs and represents District 30. This session he chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. As lawmakers prepare for crossover day in Pierre, we discuss the work of the committee thusfar.

In The Moment ... January 22, 2018 Show 260 Hour 1

As we enter the third week of the 2018 South Dakota legislative session, we continue to catch up with state leaders for a look at their legislative priorities. Today, we welcome South Dakota Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk

He began his career as a patrolman in Mitchell and was appointed to his current position in 2011 by Governor Dennis Daugaard.

In The Moment ... January 11, 2018 Show 254 Hour 1

South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson joins In the Moment for a look at his legislative priorities for the 2018 session.

In The Moment ... January 10, 2018 Show 253 Hour 1

The 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session is underway in Pierre. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joins us for a preview of his legislative agenda.

In The Moment ... December 7, 2017 Show 235 Hour 2 

As America faces an opioid epidemic, South Dakota wrestles to keep a full-blown crisis outside our borders. We spend the hour discussing pain, alternative paths to pain management, and opioid overuse.

Scott Dover is the program manager for integrated health at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Grant Dorothy is a combat-wounded veteran. He served in Vietnam and gets his healthcare at VA.

kristiforgovernor.com

In The Moment ... October 27, 2017 Show 208 Hour 1

U.S. Congresswoman Kristi Noem is running for South Dakota Governor. She joins us for a conversation about her vision for South Dakota. We discuss the opioid crisis, allegations of sexual harassment and assault in Pierre, and opportunities for state workforce development.