Joshua Haiar

In The Moment ... August 8, 2019 Show 633 Hour 2

South Dakota has one of the lowest death rates from overdose in the nation. But that doesn't mean the state isn't facing its own opioid crisis.

A new facility in Rapid City seeks to treat those struggling with addiction before it's too late. Tim Alyward is the Clinical Director for Project Recovery. He joins In The Moment with Shelbi Thompson, a social worker with Project Recovery.


In The Moment ... July 10, 2019 Show 612 Hour 1

Representative Dusty Johnson confronts the opioid crisis on college campuses, State Senator Lynne DiSanto receives a no-trespass notification from the Box Elder Police Department, and statistics show that Native Americans are under-represented in federal jury pools in western South Dakota.

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Noel Hamiel join In The Moment from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in Rapid City.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 25, 2019 Show 603 Hour 2

Topics ranging from the implications of marijuana legalization and the opioid crisis on the Northern Plains to water quality and the Big Sioux River highlighted last week's International Legislators Forum in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota House Speaker Steve Haugaard and State Senator Reynold Nesiba were among the delegates. They stopped by the Kirby Family Studio in downtown Sioux Falls to share details of the two-day forum.

In The Moment ... January 2, 2018 Show 247 Hour 1

Dr. Josh Clayton is the state's new epidemiologist. He joins us for an overview of his role, an update on the current flu season, and thoughts on South Dakota's infant mortality rate and opioid use statistics.

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.

Rapid City Police Department

So far, the data shows South Dakota has largely been immune to the opioid drug abuse epidemic affecting other areas of the country.  In 2014, only one death resulted from a heroin overdose in the state.

Now, law enforcement officials in Rapid City and Sioux Falls are reporting an increase in heroin and other opioid drug use.  Since the start of 2016, at least ten South Dakotans have died from opioid overdoses.