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The Need & The Opportunity

"Dark side of ND’s oil boom: Meth, heroin, cartels__all part of growing drug trade."

Associated Press April 12, 2014

“Opioid Abuse is Ripping Apart
North Dakota’s Communities—and it’s Past Time to Take Action.”

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Aug 10, 2016

The Opioid and Heroin crisis have reached North Dakota.  Senator Heitkamp has been a tireless champion for solutions to ND’s drug issues and reiterates those in law enforcement and human services, “it’s critical that we work together to make sure those in need have access to affordable long-term treatment.”

According to the Attorney General’s 2016 Comprehensive Status and Trends Report for the state of North Dakota, the most alarming statistics stem from Methamphetamine and Heroin usage.  

The report states that in the past five years, heroin and methamphetamine related drug violations have skyrocketed.  Methamphetamine violations have more than quintupled, from 246 in 2010 to 1,633 in 2015.  Heroin violations increased from 4 to 177, a 4,300% increase.

The summer of 2016 saw community coalitions formed across the state with local, state and national leaders coming together to address this growing drug crisis.  Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota had the privilege to participate in these coalitions.  U.S. Attorney Chris Myers challenged clergy and faith communities to help in the battle as they are “uniquely qualified to assist because for some people fighting addiction, affiliation with a congregation may be the only family or support structure in their lives.”

The cost of substance abuse is staggering.  In ND alone healthcare costs for opioid abusers top 33 Million Dollars.  Dialysis for one heroin user who develops heroin nephropathy will cost $50,000 per year.  Other major health issues from drug abuse include HIV, hepatitis c, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, stroke and mental health conditions.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse released sobering findings regarding the toll addiction is taking on individuals.  They report that there are more deaths, illnesses and disabilities from substance abuse than from any other preventable health condition. Today, one in four deaths is attributable to alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use. (Dec. 2012)

Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota challenge is uniquely qualified and ready to meet these challenges.  For the past 13 years, Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota has been helping individuals reclaim their lives and learn to live a successful life of sobriety.

Changed Lives
“I had given up hope of ever getting my children back and I was ready to die. I felt like I had tried everything, but it was never enough. I was hopeless and helpless. Then I came to Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota. I made one decision to allow Jesus into my life. I gave Him everything. Now, as I choose to follow Him, He is giving back all that I had surrendered. I now have a home and my children are back with me.”
~Kacey, Adult & Teen Challenge, North Dakota Graduate