Drug overdose deaths in 2021 increased 58% in Ward County compared to 2019, according to preliminary data from the North Dakota Department of Health.
The 19 deaths in Ward County were up from 12 deaths. The Minot Police Department saw an increase from three overdose deaths in 2019 to 18 in 2021.
“Collaborating with multiple entities is the best answer to solving this growing problem”, said Minot Police Chief John Klug.
The North Dakota Police Department and Highway Patrol hosted an Opioid Crisis Roundtable on June 1 that included 23 agencies.
The goal of the roundtable was to rekindle the conversation about opioids and related overdoses and strengthen relationships between public and private entities working towards positive outcomes. Topics included drug trafficking trends, overdose statistics, prevention efforts, and treatment and recovery services.
State data shows 126 drug overdose deaths statewide in 2021, compared to 76 in 2019.
Roundtable representation included First District Health Unit, Minot Mayor, Minot City Council, Community Medical Services, Minot Area Recovery Community Organization, ND Senate-District 40, Upper Great Plains Transporation Institute, North Central Human Service Center, ND Department of Water Resources, ND Department of Health, ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation, ND State and Local Intelligence Center, ND Office of the Governor, ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, ND Workforce Safety & Insurance, Project Bee, Ward County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center, Ward County State’s Attorney’s Office, Youth Works of North Dakota and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Division of Drug Enforcement.