addiction

Fighting Addiction and Mental Illness in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Fighting addiction and mental health problems are a battle that shouldn’t be fought alone. Now one family is sharing their story in hopes that others will get help. It comes after Leah Brosky’s body was found last week, just north of Falls Park. Leah’s brother, Dave says she struggled like too many others with addiction and mental health…

Minnesota House Passes Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota House has voted to hold drug manufacturers responsible for the state’s growing costs for dealing with the opioid crisis. The bill passed 94-34 Monday night. It would support prevention, education, intervention, treatment and recovery strategies. The state would pay for them by sharply raising its annual registration fees for pharmaceutical manufacturers and drug wholesalers…

Opioid Addiction Being Fought on New Front

Over 30 percent of the population struggles with some kind of chronic pain. It used to be, pain pills were prescribed. But a nation dealing with the crippling effects of an opioid epidemic is looking for alternatives. And a nationwide Chiropractic Clinic is hoping to help. HealthSource has 350 clinics nationwide that offer chiropractic care, among other services. Its founders…

As Opioid Crisis Continues, Healthcare Professionals Talk Prevention and Intervention

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to the CDC, 49,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses last year. Now, experts say addiction is showing up in every corner of the medical field. Dr. Marvin Seppala, the chief medical officer of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, sees addiction day in and day out. He calls it “a disease of the soul.” “They don’t…

De-Stress Room Opens At University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – The family of a University of Minnesota graduate who struggled with addiction has helped fund a wellness room in the Law School where students can de-stress without the distractions of technology or homework. Brennan Gaeth graduated from the university’s law program in 2017. He’d struggled with addition and died last year after a relapse. Gaeth’s family decided to…

Former NFL Quarterback Opens Up About Mental Health And Addiction Challenges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Health professionals are calling it a “community crisis.” Doctors are overwhelmed with opiod-addicted patients. South Dakota had a record number of suicides last year with 192 people. Now, a former NFL quarterback says fame can’t shield anyone from these two demons. Ryan Leaf is no stranger to the limelight. However, his life is different these days….

Matching Funds Offered in Fundraiser for Addiction Recovery

Day of Giving for Tallgrass Recovery Center Kicks Off Tuesday

As the number of people in the Sioux Empire facing drug and alcohol addiction continues to grow, mirroring a nationwide trend, health care facilities to help addicts through recovery remain few. One of the resources providing support and addiction treatment services, which often is paid for out-of-pocket for an addict, is holding a one-day fundraiser to support scholarships to the…

South Dakota Suing Major Prescription Drug Manufacturers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- South Dakota is taking on the issue of addiction from all angles. Just announced today tobacco companies will pay the state nearly 30 million dollars as part of a lawsuit settlement. Attorney General Marty Jackley says there’s another important fight that’s beginning. The state is going after the makers and sellers of prescription painkillers. “I believe that these…

The Revolving Door: Meth Addiction

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every year, many meth users leave incarceration only to circle back.  Some spend a few months locked up, but it takes their body much longer to recover from the drug.  That means when people get out of jail their addiction is often stronger than they are.  So, how can South Dakota stop this revolving door? If you…

Apple Investors Urge Action To Curb Child Gadget Addiction

NEW YORK (AP) – Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters. New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System said in open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools…

Impacts Of Addiction Inspire Student-Made Art

High schoolers paint an important picture about addiction recovery

Several dozen paintings on display in Sioux Falls Friday evening depict the struggle of overcoming addiction.  Amazingly, the artists behind them are only teenagers. Around 45 high schoolers from Roosevelt and Axtell Park created artwork for the “Art of Healing” art show downtown.  Many students in the show have either battled addiction, or have had a loved one go through…