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Strengthening the Heartland (STH)

Strengthening the Heartland (STH)  (3/22/19)The leading cause of accidental death in the United States is drug overdose, and opioids are the most common drug.  North Dakota is not immune from opioid problems.  Consider these facts:

-          Nearly 66% of North Dakota individuals who abuse prescription opioids get them from family or friends.

-          There were 20 opioid-related deaths in North Dakota in 2013, but three years later, in 2016, there were 77.

-          In the seven years from 2008-2015, the number of opioid prescriptions increased by nearly 60% in North Dakota.

Strengthening the Heartland (STH) is dedicated to providing services that prevent opioid misuse in rural communities all across North Dakota and South Dakota.

STH is the result of collaborative work between faculty from NDSU Extension and faculty from SDSU Extension. Two free facilitated presentations and a webinar series are available through STH:

  • For youth in grades 6-12, STH offers a one-hour media based presentation titled, “This is (Not) About Drugs.”  The program helps youth increase their awareness of the risks of misusing prescription opioids and encourages them to seek alternatives to substances when dealing with stress.  Schools, clubs, youth prorams, youth conferences and after-school programs are appropriate settings for this presentation.
  • For adults, STH offers “The Opioid Public Health Crisis” as a one-hour facilitated presentation that addresses opioid misuse, risk factors, and suggested prevention methods.  Parents, employers, employees, teachers, and service providers can benefit from this presentation. 

Webinars are offered free of charge to the public on a quarterly basis.  To learn more about the webinar series contact .  

Four sources of trustworthy information and assistance include:

-          ND Prevention Resource and Media Center:  https://www.prevention.nd.gov/stopoverdose 

-          ND Rehab Center Locator:  https://www.drugabuse.com/usa/drug-abuse/north-dakota

-          ND Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs for Teens:  https://www.addicted.org/north-dakota-adolescent-


-          End the Epidemic at https://www.end-opioid-epidemic.org/north-dakota


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