Minnesota’s Experiment With Drug Importation: RxConnect 2003-2010 Minnesota was one of the first states to experiment with drug importation as a way to manage rising prescription prices. In 2003, Governor Tim Pawlenty launched Minnesota RxConnect, a program to import cheaper, non-FDA-approved medicine for Minnesota residents and state employees so that low income and elderly residents…

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A man in Minnesota who purchased and distributed counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with carfentanil and cocaine received only a three year probation sentence. Joshua Ryan Chlan pled guilty to one count fourth-degree possession with intent to sell. The pills he sold caused three non-fatal overdoses in as many days…

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Our 2018 information sheet summarizes recent counterfeit drug incidents in Minnesota.

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Counterfeit fentanyl pills in Minnesota Click here to read PSM’s Fentanyl 101. Since 2012, drug traffickers have been selling North Americans counterfeit medications made from fentanyl, a dangerous painkiller 25-40 times stronger than heroin, and even stronger synthetic opioids like carfentanil. The problem has spread to at least 49 states, and many Americans have suffered…

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When Prince Rogers Nelson died in April, it was reported that he died of an apparent overdose of opiates, which he had used to combat chronic hip pain. Now a new report from Minneapolis indicates he died as a result of taking counterfeit hydrocodone containing deadly fentanyl. Prince Rogers Nelson, an American musician and performer,…

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Bust by Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department is the second time the same Saint Paul southeast Asian market has been raided. In 2013, seven vendors were charged for selling non-FDA approved medication. A recent raid at a Hmong night market in Minnesota has turned up pills, needles, syringes and expired medication, according to a report in…

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