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Early last year, two suicidal patients showed up at a hospital emergency room in Pierre, S.D., seeking help. Although the incidents happened weeks apart, both patients ended up in an unexpected place: jail.

Across the country, and especially in rural areas, people in the middle of a mental health crisis are locked in a cell when a hospital bed or transportation to a hospital isn’t immediately available. The patients are transported from the ER like inmates, handcuffed in the back of police vehicles. Laws in five states — New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming — explicitly say that correctional facilities may be used for what is called a “mental health hold.” Even in states without such laws, the practice happens regularly.

“It is a terrible solution…for what is, at the end of the day, a medical crisis,” said John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center, a national group that advocates for the severely mentally ill. Research shows that the risk for suicide, self-harm and worsening symptoms increases the longer a person is behind bars.

But in a shift, Colorado recently outlawed using jail to detain people in a psychiatric crisis who have not committed a crime. The state delegated just over $9 million — with $6 million coming from marijuana tax revenue — to pay for local crisis centers, training for law enforcement and transportation programs.

The new law was passed after Colorado’s sheriffs lobbied the state to extend the amount of time a person could be detained. In rural counties, sheriffs testified, lack of manpower meant they were forced to hold onto people longer than the 24-hour legal limit. A state task force instead recommended ending the practice entirely.

There are no national figures on how many people are held each year in jail just

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Northumberland County Sheriff James R. “Doc” Lyons recently announced the results of Operation Summer Ova, including the arrests of nine individuals for 13 felonies and three misdemeanor charges.

This operation was conducted by the Chesapeake Bay Drug and Gang Task Force, composed of officers from the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Drug Enforcement Section.

Charges were placed against the following individuals:

• Matthew Carlton Timothy Lockett Jr., 23, Warsaw, two counts of distribution of cocaine, a Schedule II narcotic.

• Jesus Lopez Garcia, 38, Kinsale, distribution of cocaine, a Schedule II narcotic.

• Patrick Arthur Tuck, 21, Heathsville, distribution of morphine pills, a Schedule II narcotic; misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

• Dakota Anastasio Galvez, 21, Heathsville, distribution of cocaine, a Schedule II narcotic.

• Brandon Jeron Curry, 25, Lancaster, two counts of distribution of cocaine, a Schedule II narcotic.

• Patricia Lee Tuck, 52, Heathsville, distribution of Schedule II pills.

• Mary Celeste Rich, 32, Westmoreland County, two counts of distribution of Schedule II pills.

• Travis Corsey, 35, Heathsville, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, third offense; misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

• Sequoya Pierce, 25, Tidewater area, possession of a Schedule II narcotic, distribution of a Schedule 2 narcotic; misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

At large

According to Sheriff Lyons, the following persons are wanted as a result of this operation and are encouraged to turn themselves over to law enforcement as soon as possible:

• Jacqueline Cecilla Jackson, 60, Westmoreland County, charged with distribution of Schedule II pills.

• Stacy Lee Reynolds, 58, Heathsville, charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II narcotic, distribution of a Schedule II narcotic, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

• Kyre Lamar Dade, 26, Heathsville, charged with

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The global medical marijuana market is expected to reach a value of USD 55.8 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. It has been identified that, in 2016, Washington D.C. along with 28 states have legalized marijuana for medical uses. In 2016, states such as Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania were approved to use the drug in medical applications such as chemotherapies and pain management. The growing number of states and countries getting approval for using it in therapeutic applications is one of the crucial factors driving the demand over the coming few years.

The presence of several regulatory frameworks such as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act is indicators of the present demand for the drug in the market. The regulatory framework requires every individual or the company associated such as growers, retail operators, and makers of processed pot products to obtain permission and an annual state license from 2018. An increasing number of issued licenses is also among factors that is expected to drive the market especially after 2018.

The increasing interest amongst the academic researchers and healthcare providers regarding the therapeutic uses of marijuana is among the significant factors, which is driving the market over the coming years. Some of its potential therapeutic values are suppression of vomiting & nausea, pain relief, and appetite stimulation. In addition, research states that marijuana is effective in providing relief to the patient suffering from HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. The growing number of therapeutic applications of the drug is one of the key factors that is propelling the market over the forecast period.

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Further key findings from the study suggest:

In 2015, chronic pain was the largest application segment owing to

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VERMILLION — Opioid misuse, or at least the chance of this class of drugs being used improperly, is a major concern of physicians in South Dakota, according to Robert E. Van Demark Jr., M.D., of Sioux Falls, who serves as president of the South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA) Board of Directors.

There are a wide range of issues included in the 2018 advocacy agenda of the SDSMA. There’s a call for support of more funding for medical education in the state. The association is also advocating for an increase in the Medicaid reimbursement physicians receive when treating Medicaid patients.

Tuesday night, physicians of the Vermillion area medical district, officially called the District 8 Medical Society, met at RED Steakhouse in Vermillion with Van Demark to discuss the agenda and healthcare issues of state and national importance.

Nowhere does the agenda state that its issues and concerns appear in order of importance, but the promotion “of safe and effective opioid prescribing” tops the list.

“I think our big thing is going to be the opioid epidemic,” Van Demark said when asked about likely major topics to be discussed before the start of Tuesday’s meeting. “We have a grant from the South Dakota Department of Health for an educational program.

“It’s going to be a two-year program and we’re going to start a program for physicians, other providers and I think for the public to realize what a big problem this is and how dangerous the medications are,” he said.

In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids nationally, according to the CDC. That number is the most recent data available. The CDC reported that prescriptions quadrupled between 1999 and 2012, with South Dakota historically giving out fewer prescriptions per 100 people as compared to neighboring states

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WAHPETON — A judge here has approved moving the trial of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Andrew Sadek, a former undercover drug informant who was found dead in the Red River with a gunshot wound to his head and a backpack of rocks tied around his waist.

Lawyers for both sides determined that the high-profile nature of the case would make it difficult to find impartial jurors in Richland County. Judge Jay Schmitz agreed and recently signed an order moving the trial to the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown.

The trial is set to begin April 20, 2018.

The suit filed in Richland County District Court claims wrongful death, fraud and deceit and names Richland County and Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Weber as defendants.

It was filed in the wake of Sadek’s death. He went missing in May 2014, and his body was found two months later in the Red River.

Autopsy results were inconclusive, but Sadek’s parents, Tammy and John Sadek, maintain their son was murdered as the result of his work as an informant, a role they say authorities coerced him into after he was arrested for selling a small amount of marijuana.

Sadek, a 20-year-old college student, was required to make multiple undercover drug purchases, and police were expecting him to make more when he cut off contact with them before his disappearance.

In response to efforts by the Sadek family, a bill was recently passed in the North Dakota Legislature that contains new protections for confidential informants.

Known as “Andrew’s Law,” the legislation requires training for law enforcement officers before using confidential informants and mandates that the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board write rules that provide “reasonable protective measures” for informants. It also requires a written agreement with

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Stakeholders from the Wahpeton area were invited to the kick-off meeting of a new youth substance prevention coalition Monday, Sept. 19 held at the Wahpeton Public School District office.

Similar to Wilkin County’s We Care Coalition, the Wahpeton group will be made up of representatives from 12 key sectors – parents, youth, substance abuse organizations, state/local/tribal government, healthcare professionals, religious/fraternal organizations, civic/volunteer organizations, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, schools, media and business.

Community Prevention Coordinator Ariel Johnson and Deb Flack, administrator of Richland County Public Health Department, led the initial meeting. Special guests Chris Rood, Ph.D., Dakota Medical Foundation and director of Fargo’s Community Coalition “Level Up” and Bill Vasicek, Altru Health and substance abuse prevention coordinator, Grand Forks, shared information about how to apply for a 10-year federal Drug-Free Communities grant and things to think about when forming the coalition in Wahpeton.

The group will need to determine its vision and mission and identify youth issues in the community, as well as choose a name.

Going around the table, attendees offered issues they see with youth in the Twin Towns, including a disparity of impoverished families and mental health issues. Law enforcement reported dealing with youth using alcohol and drugs, and committing vandalism. School administrators reported a lack of youth supervision, especially in the evening hours. A community member reported mandated 12-hour shifts and six-day work weeks at some area manufacturing plants are challenges to parental involvement and supervision. Others in attendance noted a lack of non sports-related activities for youth in the community during the summer months.

The most common substances used by youth were alcohol, marijuana and misusing prescription drugs, according to school administrators and law enforcement.

Rood suggested the group promote resiliency and protection

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19 September, 2017

The province will increase all monetary penalties and suspensions for impaired driving offences.

The province recently became the first in Canada to publicly announce a plan for regulating federally-legalized cannabis.

A similar “zero tolerance” approach would be in place for commercial drivers.

Young drivers (anyone aged 21 or under) and people with G1, G2, M1 or M2 driver’s licences found to have any drug in their system would face the same penalties as fully licensed drivers found to be drug-impaired.

Young and novice drivers should also keep in mind that other penalties, such as mandatory education or treatment programs may also apply for repeat offenders.

The province will have a zero-tolerance policy for drivers caught under the influence of marijuana and will be taking the necessary actions to ensure those who partake in the new marijuana laws will think twice about getting behind the wheel.

There is no excuse for impaired driving; whether it is due to drugs or alcohol”, said Wynne.

Provincial officials have been working with public health experts, police, and federal and municipal governments to develop the proposed measures. It is unacceptable, risky and the consequences can be tragic and life-changing.

A first offense will result in 3-day suspension and a $250 fine, with each subsequent contravention increasing both the suspension period and dollar amount for zero tolerance drivers.

The Canadian Automobile Association applauded the province for Monday’s announcement.

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Spencer Curtis McAloney, 19, of Rosemount, Dylan Michael Lovick, 20, of Eagan, and Mitchell Dayton Stearns, 20, of Apple Valley are accused of luring a man into the restroom under the guise of a drug deal and beating him unconscious.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Dakota County District Court, a man at the scene who was bleeding from his face told police he rode his bike to the restaurant, where he arranged to buy marijuana from McAloney.

When he entered the bathroom, the man said he was grabbed from behind, choked out and punched repeatedly. He said he believed the assailant wore brass knuckles when he punched him. The victim man later told police his doctor believed his injuries were caused by an object, not a fist.

Police reported his eye was swollen shut at the time of the interview and he had received stitches.

Two witnesses at the scene, who were waiting for the victim in a car outside the restaurant, told police they saw McAloney and Stearns exit the restaurant with Lovick, who had blood on his arms.

Police located and arrested McAloney and Lovick at McAloney’s father’s house that day.

The two told conflicting stories during police interviews.

Lovick said in a statement that McAloney arranged to meet him to buy marijuana in the restroom, where the two waited with Stearns to ambush the man as revenge for something he had done to McAloney’s girlfriend.

The man, Lovick said, entered the bathroom with an unnamed friend and McAloney when Lovick started choking the man from behind and cut his arm on a tile. He said Stearns punched the man several times before they took the marijuana and left.

McAloney, however, told police he planned to buy $300 worth of Xanax from the man. According to

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Police Report

The Savage Police Department responded to the following incidents Sept. 4-10. This is not a comprehensive list of all incidents to which the department responded.

Sept. 10: A 41-year-old Savage man was arrested for domestic assault in the 14000 block of Alabama Avenue after officers received a report the man had struck his child.

Sept. 4: A 30-year-old woman from Sioux Falls, South Dakota was arrested on an outstanding Dakota County warrant in the 7200 block of 128th Street after officers made contact with her while responding to a request for a public assist. The woman requested officers return property to a 25-year-old St. Paul Park man who also had an outstanding Scott County misdemeanor warrant. The man was also arrested.

Sept. 9: A 23-year-old Shakopee woman and a 23-year-old Farmington man were arrested for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance-heroin after an officer observed them acting suspiciously in a vehicle parked in the parking lot of a strip mall near County Road 42 and Joppa Avenue.

Sept. 9: An employee from a Savage business in the 14100 block of Highway 13 reported a customer returned an item and there was a small amount of marijuana inside the box. Police destroyed the drugs.

Sept. 4: Charges are pending against a 20-year-old Savage man for possession of counterfeit currency after he attempted to pass a counterfeit bill at a business in the 7600 block of Egan Drive.

Sept. 5: A resident in the 13100 block of Glenhurst Avenue reported numerous fraudulent charges on her debit card. The estimated loss is $775. The case is under investigation.

Sept. 5: Police received a report of fraudulent credit card use in the 14100 block of

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Kirsten Dunst vamped it up in a black sheer Rodarte SS/18 dress for a Manhattan screening of her film Woodshock on Thursday evening.

The tulle-and-glittered Chantilly lace creation was designed by none other than Kate & Laura Mulleavy, who directed the 35-year-old bride-to-be in their psychedelic feature debut.

The two-time Golden Globe nominee wore strappy black pumps and Cartier earrings selected by stylist Ashley Furnival, as well as the vintage engagement ring picked out by her fiancé Jesse Plemons.

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Stunning: Kirsten Dunst vamped it up in a black sheer Rodarte SS/18 dress for a Manhattan screening of her film Woodshock on Thursday evening

Hairstylist Bryce Scarlett fastened a cute golden bow in Kirsten’s signature flaxen locks and make-up artist Mary Wiles gave her alabaster complexion a smouldering smoky eye.

Thus far, critics have not been kind about Woodshock – hitting US theaters September 22 – in which Dunst plays a grieving cannabis dealer called Theresa experimenting with a ‘reality-altering’ drug.

The Mulleavy sisters’ only previous film credit was designing Natalie Portman’s ballet costumes in Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 drama Black Swan.

Regardless, the Beguiled beauty asked the Rodarte duo to design her wedding gown having been the very first actress to ever wear the label.  

Black-clad trio: The tulle-and-glittered Chantilly lace creation was designed by Laura (L) & Kate (R) Mulleavy, who directed the 35-year-old bride-to-be in their psychedelic feature debut

Favorite accessory! The two-time Golden Globe nominee wore black pumps and Cartier earrings selected by stylist Ashley Furnival, as well as the vintage engagement ring picked out by her fiancé Jesse Plemons

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