Addiction

Hennepin County attorney statement on Narcan alarms overdose-prevention advocates

Hennepin County attorney statement on Narcan alarms overdose-prevention advocates

[MPR, Sept. 20, 2019] A statement posted Thursday night on the Hennepin County attorney’s website sparked outrage in the overdose prevention and drug recovery communities. Advocates and physicians say the prosecutor’s office mischaracterized the anti-overdose medication Narcan, and that the agency’s words could cause people to fear the life-saving medication. Dr. Katherine Katzung, who chairs […]

Is it just shopping or is shopping addiction?

[KARE 11, Dec. 20, 2018] ‘Tis the season for shopping! But for many, this time of year can trigger an urge to splurge — and, for others, it can turn into a serious shopping addiction. Dr. Roger Laroche is an Allina Health addiction and mental health specialist, and he talked with KARE 11 about what […]

Cambridge Medical Center’s expanded mental health and addiction services receives state license

[Isanti County News, Dec. 19, 2018] The integrated and expanded mental health and addiction services at Cambridge Medical Center, part of Allina Health, has been formally licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Service. The expanded services mean community members experiencing addiction and mental health conditions can get more of their needs met in one […]

Suicide and drugs reasons for life expectancy drop

WCCO Radio, Nov. 29, 2018] For the third year in a row, the life expectancy of Americans has gone done. Two of the big reasons are drug overdose deaths and suicide. Allina Health psychiatrist and addiction specialist Dr. Roger Laroche talked to WCCO Radio about these two major causes of death and how they can […]

In wake of fatal crash, experts explain dangers of ‘huffing’

[KARE 11, Nov. 5, 2018] The driver of a pickup truck that struck and killed three Girl Scouts and one of their mothers on a Wisconsin highway is accused of huffing before the crash. But what is huffing, exactly? “Huffing is similar to being intoxicated with alcohol,” said Dr. David Frenz, an Allina Health addiction […]

Help for people struggling with gambling addictions

[KARE 11, Oct. 25, 2018] It’s estimated more than five million Americans battle gambling addiction, and experts say many of them started by betting on sports or fantasy leagues. There’s also a growing body of evidence that people are becoming addicted to fantasy sports sites even though those sites aren’t technically regulated as online betting […]

Alcohol responsible one in 20 deaths

[KARE 11, Sept. 28, 2018] Alcohol is responsible for over one in 20 of all deaths worldwide, according to the most recent edition of a World Health Organization (WHO) report that comes out every four years. According to the WHO data, approximately 7.2 percent of premature deaths worldwide are linked to alcohol, and as well […]

The safety of vaping VS smoking

[WCCO Radio, September, 12, 2018] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s declaration that youth vaping has become an epidemic has reignited the debate about whether vaping is safer than cigarette smoking. Allina Health tobacco intervention coordinator Karina DiLuzio laid out the facts about vaping versus smoking with WCCO Radio.

Did gaming addiction play a role in Jacksonville gaming tournament shooting

[WCCO-TV, Aug. 27, 2018] Investigators are still learning more about the man who killed two and wounded several more at a Jacksonville gaming tournament Sunday. Video gaming addiction has been recognized as a legitimate mental health issue and that is being considered as a possible influence on the shooter. Allina Health addiction specialist and psychiatrist […]

Deaths from liver disease are surging, and drinking is to blame

[WCCO Radio, July 26, 2018] Deaths from liver disease have risen sharply in the U.S., and doctors say the biggest factor is drinking —especially among young adults. A study published recently found a 65 percent increase in deaths from cirrhosis of the liver since 1999. The biggest increase is among millennials: the team found that […]