First District Health talks opioid abuse

MINOT, N.D. - The Centers for Disease Control says opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States and right here in Minot, First District Health Unit is trying to do something about it.

As part of its prevention week, the clinic held a luncheon on the issue with three speakers.

They offered personal accounts and professional advice to nearly 20 participants, discussing the shame and stigma of drug use and offering resources.

The event was intended to be an eye opener for the community.

"Recently Senator Heitkamp had an opioid round table discussion in our community and I think this a topic that is growing and it's getting more attention and it's something that I feel people should take another look at and also be more aware of what's happening," said Kira Lampton, First District Health Unit Prevention Outreach coordinator.

"We've listened to people from the drug task force, senators, our police department that tell us that opioids and drugs are available in any day anywhere in Minot and I want people to educate themselves and their loved ones on the dangers," said Mitzie Nay, speaker and mother of deceased addict.

Prevention week continues tomorrow at First District Health Unit. You can find out more information on its on Facebook page.