Illegal Drugs

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

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.

Dakota Midday: "Kingdom Of Shadows"

Sep 19, 2016
Bernardo Ruiz

"Kingdom of Shadows" takes an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war. Written and directed by Bernardo Ruiz, "Kingdom of Shadows" weaves together the stories of a U.S. drug enforcement agent on the border, an activist nun in Monterrey, and a former Texas smuggler. Ruiz, the founder of Quiet Pictures, joined Dakota Midday to provide some background  on "Kingdom of Shadows," which airs Monday night at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV. The film was described as "unforgettable" by the New York Times.

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.

Tony Harrison is the South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police national trustee. He’s also in charge of narcotics investigations with the Pennington County Sheriff's Department. Tony Harrison  joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the FRONTLINE special “Chasing Heroin” on SDPB-TV, and whether or not heroin is a challenge for South Dakota law enforcement officers.

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. 

South Dakota State Legislature

State residents impaired by drugs or alcohol would have immunity from prosecution in some cases, if they help someone in an emergency at the time.  The House Judiciary Committee advanced two bills Wednesday that help people get medical attention when they need it.

Guest host Cara Hetland welcomed the Dakota Political Junkies a day early this week.  Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis visited about the climate conference in France and whether anything will come out of it that pertains to South Dakotans, the latest refugee news in the state, a busy week for the Secretary of State's office as they peruse signatures for ballot initiatives, news that Black Hills State University will lead GEAR UP restructuring and more.

Court System Expands Programs

Jan 16, 2014

During his State of the Judiciary message before a joint session of the House and Senate Wednesday, South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson said the court system is expanding existing programs and starting new ones to treat more non-violent offenders outside of prison.  Those programs include courts for drug and alcohol offenders and pilot courts for some military veterans charged with misdemeanors.  The changes are part of a Criminal Justice Reform measure passed by lawmakers last year and signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard.

Jackley's Proposals For 2014 Legislature

Jan 14, 2014

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley discussed his proposals for the 2014 legislature on Dakota Midday at the state capitol in Pierre Tuesday.  Jackley wants lawmakers to tighten the monitoring of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine, allow for the seizure of property from sex offenders and strengthen consumer protection.  His list of proposed legislation also includes adjustments to the state's 24/7 sobriety program and more notification options for crime victims.