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Cass County could match or exceed 2021 drug overdose numbers, health expert says. Authorities warn residents of the dangers of overdoses and how to spot them.
Police in Fargo have responded to four overdose incidents in the past few days, all believed to be tied to opioids.
In the past month, the cities of Marshall, Robbinsdale and St. Joseph approved moratoriums on sales. Other cities across Minnesota are also considering moratoriums as they weigh how they'll tackle enforcement.
When the 16-year-old girl became unconscious, instead of calling 911, Mark Anthony Rodgers Jr. called multiple friends, asking them to bring Narcan to reverse the overdose, according to court documents. One of those friends came with Narcan and administered it, and told Rodgers to call 911 but Rodgers refused and fled, court documents said.

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Last year had twice as many deaths as the state saw 10 years ago, and numbers have climbed significantly since 2018 when there were just over 600.
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Germond Edward Johnson Jr. had a history of robbery and gun-related crimes before robbing a marijuana dealer in West Fargo, a prosecutor said.
The Minot Police Department announced Tuesday it arrested 30-year-old Ryan Rattler on Monday on charges of possessing drugs with intent to deliver. He appeared Tuesday in Ward County District Court.
"Operation Blue Prairie" sought to cut off the drug pipeline between Detroit and North Dakota. Prosecutors charged 26 people, including 17 North Dakotans.

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A recovering addict is working to give back after staying sober for four years. He credits Cass County's drug court and is now working to spread awareness about the program during National Drug Court Month.
Any unwanted or expired prescription medications can be dropped off at the two sites.
The street value of the drugs seized is estimated to be $37,000.

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