Drug Rehabs in Bismarck, ND

In Bismarck, North Dakota, growing abuse of illicit drugs has contributed to a near 400% increase in overdose deaths over 3 years.

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Drug And Alcohol Addiction Bismarck, North Dakota

Bismarck is the capital city of North Dakota and the second-most populous city in the state. The area is home to 132,142 metro residents in the West Central region and 72,865 people within the city. Nearly half of the state lives in rural areas (about 49.6%). Accordingly, rural substance abuse trends in the state typically involve the abused of alcohol, Marijuana, Meth, and Opioids.

Across the state, alcohol is the most common substance of abuse–61.8% consumed alcohol regularly. In Bismarck’s Burleigh County, 23% of adults engaged in binge drinking in 2018, notably higher than a national average of 17%. Alcohol-related crime is also high in the region. A third of all arrests in a given year are for DUI or liquor law violations, and nearly half of all fatal crashes involved alcohol. Comparatively, only 30% of national fatal accidents involved drunk driving.

Illicit Drug Use In Bismarck

In recent years, rates of illicit drug use have climbed in Bismarck. The region’s oil boom has also contributed to some of the commuter population’s substance use. In 2019, the state saw an increase of Meth seizures by 31%. About half of the overdoses reported in 2018 involved Opioids like Heroin. Recently, the state counted 61 overdose deaths–10 of which took place in Burleigh County.

Narcotics task forces in Bismarck carry out between 1 and 2 raids weekly and had seized over $2.5 million in meth by early November 2017 (a 200% increase from the year before). At one of the state’s Syringe Service Program locations, 92% reported meth as their primary substance of abuse.

Substances, like meth, heroin, and alcohol, have been shown to contribute to increased crime, as well as violent crime. Statewide, individuals with drug offenses on parole or probation doubled. All addictions carry a risk of drug-seeking behavior that may include criminal activities to obtain drugs or alcohol. Additionally, chronic meth abuse can cause anxiety, insomnia, paranoia, hallucinations, and violent behavior.

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Addiction Statistics for Bismarck

74

overdose calls

In 2020, Bismarck police responded to 74 overdose calls.

11

overdose deaths

There were 11 overdose deaths in Bismarck in 2020.

91

lives saved

In 2020, Narcan revived the lives of 91 Bismarck residents.

Addiction Treatment In Bismarck

In 2016, approximately 9% of North Dakotans qualified as having a Substance Use Disorder, above the national average of 7.8%. In 2018, the state voted to expand Medicaid as well as patients’ access to addiction treatment services. The state can also provide a Substance Use Disorder Voucher for treatment to those who qualify.

In Bismarck, rehab services include:

  • Drug and alcohol evaluations
  • Inpatient rehab
  • Outpatient rehab
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Individual and family therapy

To encourage residents to seek help when they need it most, North Dakota passed a Good Samaritan Law. This allows friends, family, and bystanders to call 911 in the event of an overdose without fear of criminal consequences for possession or ingestion.

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