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North Dakota communities and tribes are working together and investing in substance abuse prevention with the common goal of supporting the health and safety of individuals, families, businesses and communities.
Despite a downward trend over the last decade, underage drinking remains a significant public health issue in North Dakota with nearly one in three high school students reporting drinking alcohol in the last month and 16.4 percent doing so to the point of binge drinking.
Human Services awards State Opioid Response grant funding to communities to continue addressing the opioid crisis
The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is providing funding to communities to implement evidence-based strategies aimed at preventing opioid overdoses and increasing access to effective treatment and recovery services. The agency is distributing more than $750,000 to support prevention, treatment and recovery support efforts in 16 local public health areas across the state.
Department of Human Services, in collaboration with ND Cares Coalition, hosts first Military Peer Support Training
Military service members, veterans, their family members and survivors are attending military peer support training May 6-10 at the Holiday Inn, 3903 State St. in Bismarck. Hosted by the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division, in partnership with the ND Cares coalition, the goal is to train individuals who have lived experience and are in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorder and are committed to helping others. Once trained, these new peer support specialists can bring hope to others by sharing their experiences and promoting a sense of belonging.
North Dakota received good news recently when the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported online that overdose deaths in the state decreased for the first time since a record 77 deaths were reported in 2016. According to the CDC, drug overdose deaths in North Dakota fell by 13.2 percent to 68 deaths in 2017.
Lock. Monitor. Take Back. is an evidence-based prevention effort with the primary goal of reducing access to prescription drugs, especially opioids, by encouraging North Dakotans to be safe with their medications, including promoting North Dakota Take Back locations, and promoting ways communities can support this effort at the local level.
Stop Overdose is an evidence-based overdose prevention effort focused on saving lives by raising awareness of the risk and signs of overdose, safe ways to respond, and best practices in prescribing, treatment, and recovery practices to those most impacted by this public health concern, such as family members and friends, prescribers, pharmacists, behavioral health professionals, and other professionals.