Local and state leaders spent Thursday morning discussing how to combat the opioid epidemic in rural North Dakota.
Speakers included Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and more. Each shared how they’re seeing addiction affect North Dakotans. Stenehjem says they’re working toward helping those with addiction, and it’s a threefold approach.
“It is education and prevention, it is law enforcement, thanks to our law enforcement folks who are here, and treatment options,” he said.
According to Pam Sagness with the Department of Human Services, there were 20 overdoses in the state in 2013, and 77 in 2016.