Addiction

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What if there was a way to identify which kids are most vulnerable to the siren songs of drugs and alcohol?

There are two things Shaun Floerke is very clear about.

The Sixth District judge, one of the newest members to the National Judicial Opiod Task Force, credits Duluth ("a lot of good people doing lots of good things") for his appointment - and he says the time has come to find solutions.

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Laura Palombi says making the use of Narcan a moral issue doesn't help anyone. 

And help is needed.  The assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy Duluth says the public health crisis that is the opiod epidemic has hit our area "really hard."

Palombi is taking part in a series of naloxone trainings for medical professionals, funded in part by a state grant aimed at  rapidly expanding treatment and recovery resources for people in hard-hit northeastern Minnesota.

But the real issue that's sparking a "frenzy of research now,"  Palombi says is "why."

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For months, the publicity surrounding synthetic drugs in Duluth took the spotlight off an even more pervasive trend: the abuse of prescription medication.(Resources for addicts and their families are available here.)