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What is the Drug Situation in North Dakota?

In 2006, North Dakota experienced an oil boom that carried them through The Great Recession and resulted in enough jobs to provide the state with the lowest unemployment rate in the United States. However, what followed was an unprecedented increase in the availability of drugs and drug-fueled crime and although North Dakota has the lowest drug-induced death rates in the nation, the state still faces issues with drugs like heroin, alcohol, and their connection to crime rates.

For adults, alcohol continues to be the number one primary substance reported while adolescents report marijuana/hashish as their number one primary substance. However, reported use of oxycodone as a primary substance has increased for both adults and adolescents.

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse Issues in North Dakota

  • Alcoholism is the biggest substance abuse problem facing North Dakota residents, who engage in binge drinking at rates far above the national average.
  • More than 2.5 percent of North Dakotans aged 26 and older abused prescription medications in 2014, while the rate for those between 18 and 25 is more than triple that number at eight percent.
  • While the rate of prescription drug abuse in the state is lower than the national average, North Dakota has seen an upward trend. In 2013, 17.6 percent of high school students took a prescription drug, such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, Ritalin or Xanax, without a doctor’s prescription, one or more times during their life. This equals the national rate for that year.
  • In 2013, 53 percent of BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) cases were drug related, and 38 percent of those cases involved methamphetamine.
  • North Dakota has the lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, with 2.6 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities as of October 2013, decreasing from 3.4 per 100,000 the year before.
  • In North Dakota (pop. 739,482), about 10,000 individuals aged 12 or older (1.8 percent) per year in 2009–2013 were dependent on or abused illicit drugs within the year prior to being surveyed.
  • Almost non-existent in the state in 2009, use of synthetic drugs skyrocketed in 2011 and 2012. These so-called herbal products were sold openly and promoted as safe alternatives to street drugs.
  • In November 2012, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem took emergency action in conjunction with the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy, to ban the sales of these often deadly synthetic products in the state. As a result of this combined approach, synthetic drug arrests fell and submissions of these synthetics to the Crime Lab decreased by 75 percent in 2013.

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