Substance Awareness

Lake Region District Health Unit was 1 of 12 local public health units to be awarded a ND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION COMMUNITY GRANT. The grant is funded from June 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017. With grant funding, LRDHU purchased Narcan and presented the nasal spray to Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center and the Rugby Police Department. Accepting the life-saving Narcan on behalf of both departments are Captain Darren Heidbreder, and Police Officer Scott Bommersbach from Liz Bonney of LRDHU.

Narcan provides a new layer of protection for first responders who are on the frontline of the opioid epidemic. The potency of the drugs that are being encountered is unregulated. Drugs are being mixed with fentanyl, which is very powerful. As fentanyl proliferates, its effects are rippling outward. Even small quantities can cause serious negative health effects, respiratory depression and even death, leading some departments to change how they handle suspected narcotics. Law enforcement along with Public Health are working to keep our communities safer.