Substance Awareness



ND Substance Abuse Prevention Basic What It Is, Why It Matters, and What Works






In light of North Dakota being the #1 state for binge drinking, Responsible Beverage Server Training is of great importance. See link below:


Recently, Officer Corey Gilbertson of the Devils Lake Police Department received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Lake Region District Health Unit for having trained over 200 bartenders, servers, managers and bar and liquor store owners in the Greater Devils Lake Area on the Responsible Beverage Server Training Course.

LRDHU Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Coordinator Liz Bonney said that "Officer Gilbertson often comes in and trains a class after already working a twelve hour overnight shift because he is so committed to seeing the rates of DUIs, overserving of alcohol, and underage drinking eliminated."

On hand for the award presentation was new Devils Lake Police Chief Joe Knowski. In addition to his certificate Officer Gilbertson also received a $200 Gift Certificate to Walmart.

Currently the Devils Lake Police Department and Lake Region District Health Unit offer free server training classes throughout the year at no charge. For more information on upcoming classes contact Liz Bonney at 701662-7022 or




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.