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North Dakota

North Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States, along the Canadian border. North Dakota is bordered by the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana. It is the 19th most extensive, 3rd least populous and the 4th least densely populated state in the nation. The state capitol is Bismarck, with its largest city being Fargo. As of 2012 the total population for South Dakota was 699,628, making it the U.S. state with the largest percentage in population growth since 2011. About 69.8% of the states residents were born in North Dakota, 27.2% were born in a different state, 0.6% were born in Puerto Rico, U.S. Island areas, or born abroad to American parents, and 2.4% were born in another country. The center of population in the state is located in Wells County, near Sykeston.

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North Dakota Drug Use Trends

Meth Addiction and Recovery

Many residents of North Dakota personally know someone who has struggled with meth abuse, or they are familiar with the drug due to its prevalence throughout the state. As one of the prevailing illegal drug threats in North Dakota, meth use, abuse and addiction rates continue to remain a concern for residents and law enforcement. Much of the meth in North Dakota is trafficked into the state from California and Washington by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. Additionally, local clandestine drug labs exist throughout North Dakota contributing to the state's methamphetamine addiction rates. Law enforcement officials have amped up their efforts in curtailing North Dakota's meth problem by rigorously controlling the sale of materials used to generate meth. In the last several years, North Dakota law enforcement has seized large wholesale amounts of meth as well as confiscated firearms and laundered money connected with the illegal drug market.

During 2013, 15.1% (400 individuals) of all enrollments into North Dakota drug rehab programs was for meth addiction. Of this group of individuals, 45.8% were male and 54.3% were female. The largest age group to receive meth addiction treatment in North Dakota during 2013 was between 26- 30 years old (23.8% of all enrollments for meth addiction) followed closely by 31-35 year olds (23% of all enrollments for meth addiction).

Meth addiction is often a difficult substance quit. Users become so dependent on the high they get from the drug that living life sober often doesn't feel normal for them any longer. Due to the way the drug changes the user's brain function, recovery is a long-term process that requires intensive drug rehabilitation. Long-term inpatient and residential drug rehab programs are the best choice for overcoming meth addiction. These programs often last 90 days or longer and require the program participant to reside at the treatment facility during their recovery. Removing oneself from daily life is typically necessary to be able to fully focus on the recovery process and address the many issues connected with meth addiction. Meth addiction treatment programs handle amphetamine addiction problems as well addiction to as other substances. These programs address addiction as a whole and work on helping the individual overcome their meth addiction through drug detox, resolve the underlying issues that drove the resident to drug abuse, addiction counseling, various forms of therapy, relapse prevention training and aftercare programs.

Drug Rehab Statistics in North Dakota for 2013

Alcohol and drug addiction is an ongoing problem. Not in just North Dakota, but across the country and around the world. Each year new substance users emerge and begin the cycle of drug abuse resulting in addiction.

North Dakota drug rehab statistics for 2013:

  • 2,644 individuals enrolled in North Dakota drug rehab lirograms during 2013.
  • 58.8% of the individuals enrolling in North Dakota drug rehab lirograms during 2013 were male, 40.9% were female and .3% gender was unknown.
  • The largest age grouli to receive treatment in North Dakota during 2013 was between 26-30 years old (17.4%) followed by 21-25 year olds (15.7%).
  • Alcohol addiction was the number one reason for drug rehab enrollments in North Dakota during 2013. 28.9% of all individuals enrolling in North Dakota drug rehab lirograms during 2013 cited alcohol as their lirimary substance of abuse.
  • Marijuana addiction was the second leading reason behind North Dakota drug rehab enrollments during 2013. 26.7% of all individuals receiving drug rehab in the state cited marijuana as their lirimary substance of abuse.
  • 20.3% of the drug rehab admissions in North Dakota during 2013 cited alcohol with a secondary substance as their lirimary reason for receiving treatment.
  • 15.1% of the individuals entering North Dakota drug rehab lirograms during 2013 reliorted that amlihetamines (meth) were their lirimary substance of abuse.
  • During 2013, 6.8% of those enrolled in North Dakota drug rehab lirograms stated that other oliiates were their lirimary substances of abuse. Other oliiates include: non-lirescrilition use of methadone, codeine, morlihine, oxycodone, hydromorlihone, melieridine, oliium, and other drugs with morlihine-like effects.

North Dakota Drug Rehabilitation Services

There are a number of drug rehabilitation services available in North Dakota. Many of these programs are listed as special services and cater to a specific gender, age group or special need. Special service drug rehab programs in North Dakota include: Christian drug rehab programs, adolescent drug addiction treatment, military alcohol and drug rehab, ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired treatment, criminal justice clients, DUI/DWI offenders, holistic addiction treatment, individuals with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, women programs, pregnant/postpartum women drug addiction treatment, male addiction rehab centers, and senior recovery programs.

Receiving addiction treatment is the best way of overcoming alcohol and drug addiction problems. By entering a North Dakota drug rehab program the addicted individual receives support, guidance and the necessary skills to maintain sobriety. When considering the many types of drug rehab programs it is important to factor in the intensity of the addiction problem, the duration the person has been dependent on the substance as well as their ability to commit to inpatient or residential treatment. North Dakota residents who have a lengthy history of alcohol and drug addiction will require long-term inpatient or residential drug rehab programs to help them end their substance use. These programs often last 90 days or longer and provide the individual with the time they need to fully recover from their substance addiction. During their time living at the treatment program they will be in a safe substance-free environment removed from re-stimulating reminders of their substance use; their focus is on working towards sobriety and developing a new way of living life clean and sober.

Population in North Dakota:636,677
State Prison Population in North Dakota:1,327
Probation Population in North Dakota:3,687
Violent Crime Rate in North Dakota:
National Ranking:50
2007 Federal Drug Seizures in North Dakota:
Cocaine seizures in North Dakota:0.0 kgs.
Heroin seizures in North Dakota:0.0 kgs.
Methamphetamine seizures in North Dakota:1.1 kgs./2 du
Marijuana seizures in North Dakota:266.7 kgs.
Hashish seizures in North Dakota:0.0 kgs.
MDMA seizures in North Dakota:0.0 kgs./3 du
Meth Lab Incidents in North Dakota:18
(DEA, North Dakota, and local city Law Enforcement)
Drug Situation in North Dakota:
  • The trafficking and use of methamphetamine is the main concern for law enforcement and public health officials in North Dakota.
  • Currently, no single drug trafficking organization dominates the distribution of methamphetamine in North Dakota.
  • Mexican poly-drug organizations have sources of supply in Mexico, California, and Washington, and bring methamphetamine into North Dakota using privately owned vehicles, amtrak trains, and Greyhound buses.
  • Smaller amounts of methamphetamine are mailed into North Dakota using U.S. mail and Federal Express.
  • Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations dominate the transportation of marijuana from the Southwest Border to North Dakota. The drug is shipped into North Dakota in small quantities, via private vehicles and commercial mail carriers in amounts ranging from five to ten pounds.
  • Local cultivation of marijuana is done on a relatively small scale in North Dakota.

  • Cocaine is not the stimulant of choice in North Dakota - several years ago, methamphetamine use surpassed cocaine in North Dakota.
  • The Fargo Resident Office of North Dakota reports relatively few encounters with cocaine.

  • Heroin distribution and use have not been a significant problem in North Dakota.
  • Heroin trafficking is a low priority for law enforcement agencies in North Dakota.
  • Almost all of the heroin encountered in North Dakota, mainly in Fargo, is black tar heroin from Mexico.

  • The methamphetamine threat in North Dakota is two-fold.
  • First, quantities of methamphetamine produced by Mexican organizations based in California and Washington are transported into and distributed throughout North Dakota.
  • Second, methamphetamine is produced in small laboratories in North Dakota, able to produce only a few ounces at a time.
  • Because of the extreme rural nature of North Dakota, as well as the state's dependence on the agriculture industry, there is a high level of use and availability of anhydrous ammonia among the state's legitimate agricultural community.
  • Farmers in North Dakota use "nurse tanks" to supply their fields with anhydrous ammonia, a precursor chemical used in the production of methamphetamine.
  • There has been a sharp decline in thefts of anhydrous ammonia in North Dakota, commonly used in the "Birch" methamphetamine manufacturing method.
  • The decline in thefts of anhydrous is a direct result of the North Dakota's State General Assembly passing legislation requiring every individual purchasing a product containing pseudoephedrine must show photo identification. This legislation has dramatically decreased methamphetamine labs in North Dakota.
  • There were 18 meth lab incidents in 2007.

  • There have been only minor indications that "Club Drugs" are making their way into the Fargo area of North Dakota in small amounts.

  • The availability of marijuana which has been cultivated in Canada (both "B.C. Bud" and hydroponically cultivated) has increased dramatically in North Dakota.
  • Canadian drug organizations from Vancouver and Manitoba use the wide North Dakota border with Canada to bring marijuana into the United States; although the bulk of the marijuana brought in from Canada is destined for areas outside of North Dakota.

  • Recent reports show that diversion of hydrocodone products is occurring in North Dakota.
  • Typical methods of diversion of pharmaceuticals in North Dakota are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, "doctor shopping", forged prescriptions, and the Internet.

  • There are currently six Task Force Officers, representing five law enforcement agencies, assigned to the DEA in North Dakota.
  • North Dakota is covered by the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), along with Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The Midwest HIDTA has established four initiatives in North Dakota: Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Bismarck, Fargo (DEA Task Force), and Grand Forks. The Midwest HIDTA was originally created to concentrate on fighting the overwhelming increase in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Accordingly, Midwest HIDTA is funding methamphetamine investigations allowing law enforcement agencies to investigate poly-drug trafficking groups.
  • There were 55 drug violation arrests in North Dakota in 2007.

State Policy Offices : North Dakota

  • Governor's Office Office of the Governor
    600 East Boulevard Avenue
    State Capitol, First Floor
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0001
    (701) 224-2200
  • State Legislative Contact Legislative Council
    State Capitol
    Bismarck, ND 58505
    (701) 224-2916
  • State Drug Program Coordinator Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
    Department of Human Services
    1839 East Capitol Avenue
    Bismarck, ND 58501
    (701) 224-2769

State Criminal Justice Offices : North Dakota

  • Attorney General's Office State of North Dakota
    600 East Boulevard Avenue
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0040
    (701) 224-2210
  • Law Enforcement Planning Bureau of Criminal Investigation
    State of North Dakota
    P.O. Box 1054
    Bismarck, ND 58505
    (701) 221-6180
  • Statistical Analysis Center Information Services Section
    Bureau of Criminal Investigation
    4205 State Street
    Bismarck, ND 58502-1054
    (701) 221-5514
  • Uniform Crime Reports Contact Uniform Crime Reports
    Attorney General's Office
    Bureau of Criminal Investigation
    P.O. Box 1054
    Bismarck, ND 58502
    (701) 221-5500
  • BJA Strategy Preparation Agency Attorney General's Office
    Bureau of Criminal Investigation
    P.O. Box 1054
    Bismarck, ND 58502
    (701) 221-5500
  • Judicial Agency Supreme Court
    State Capitol
    Bismarck, ND 58505
    (701) 224-4216
  • Corrections Agency Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
    P.O. Box 1898
    Bismarck, ND 58502
    (701) 221-6390

State Health Offices : North Dakota

  • RADAR Network Agency North Dakota Prevention Resource Center
    1839 East Capitol Avenue
    Bismarck, ND 58501
    (701) 224-3603
  • HIV-Prevention Program HIV/AIDS Program Manager
    Division of Disease Control
    North Dakota Department of Health and Consolidated
    600 East Boulevard Avenue
    Bismarck, ND 58505
    (701) 224-2378 or
  • Drug and Alcohol Agency Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
    Department of Human Services
    1839 East Capitol Avenue
    Bismarck, ND 58501-2152
    (701) 224-2769

State Education Office : North Dakota

  • State Coordinator for Drug-Free Schools Department of Public Instruction
    Guidance/Drug-Free Schools
    State Capitol, Ninth Floor
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
    (701) 224-2269

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