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Authorities in western Michigan are seeking help from the public in identifying the source of heroin that's linked to at least three recent overdose deaths.

The police department in Ludington says a 31-year-old man from Scottville died Tuesday of an overdose. And it says that the May 11 death of a 24-year-old Ludington man and the May 12 death of a 34-year-old Ludington man also were due to overdoses.

The police department says investigators suspect that the heroin was bought outside of the area and brought into the city.

The government would have a harder time taking ownership of property seized in drug investigations under legislation advancing in Michigan.

The state House on Tuesday voted 83-26 for the bill next headed to the Senate. It would prohibit the forfeiture of property worth less than $50,000 that is taken in drug cases unless the defendant is convicted, deported or relinquishes ownership.

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The majority of Michigan voters say fixing the state’s infrastructure is the number one problem lawmakers need to address. That is the finding in a recent poll conducted in December.

Fix MI State is a campaign organized by the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association. It asked Lansing-based Epic-MRA to survey 600 registered Michigan voters asking what they think is the top problem facing the state?

The Michigan State Police has expanded a drug addiction program to all of its posts statewide. The Angel Program , started two years ago in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and replicated by hundreds of police departments nationwide, operates at 30 posts. The program allows people with drug addictions to seek help at any post without fear of arrest or investigation. 

Michigan police to test for drug-impaired drivers

Nov 28, 2017

Michigan State Police officers are conducting roadside saliva tests on suspected drug-impaired motorists as part of a program spurring questions about the tests' accuracy. State Police Special First Lt. Jim Flegel says that the program uses a portable saliva-testing device that can tell officers if a driver has certain drugs in his system, such as marijuana or opiates.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills to require that special problem-solving courts receive state certification to operate. The courts are designed to address criminals' underlying substance abuse or mental health issues so they do not reoffend.

Supporters say the legislation is needed so Michigan has a more consistent and effective approach for the courts and defendants. Under legislation signed Monday, specialty courts - including drug, sobriety, mental health and veteran's treatment courts - will have to be certified by the State Court Administrative Office starting in January.

Federal agents have seized 277 pounds of marijuana concealed in rail cars containing new Ford and Lincoln vehicles recently imported from Mexico. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday the marijuana was found a day earlier by employees at the Ford Rail Distribution Facility in the Detroit suburb of Woodhaven. Federal, state and local officials then searched 200 vehicles. No arrests have been made. 

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The Republican campaign to roll back former President Barack Obama's heath care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic. Medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis. That's according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties.

The GOP health care bill would phase out expanded Medicaid, which allows states to provide federally backed insurance to low-income adults previously not eligible. Many young adults dealing with addiction are in that group.

Michigan detective sickened, office evacuated after testing Part of a sheriff's department office in Grand Rapids has been evacuated after a detective became ill during testing of suspected narcotics. The Kent County sheriff's department says standard testing was being conducted Tuesday morning on a white powdery substance when the detective had a possible drug reaction. A hazardous materials team responded, and the detective was taken to a hospital. The detective was given an opioid overdose reversal drug as a precaution.

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Local doctors are discussing the opioid epidemic and how to help solve the problem. We talk to Dr. Sandy Dettman and Dr. Keith Javery. 

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