ND First Lady: Addiction is 'not a moral failing'

November 17, 2017 | Sydney Mook, The Dickinson Press

A few years ago, about two out of every 10 people seeking group treatment in Dickinson for drugs was dealing with an opioid addiction.

Now that number has risen to nearly seven out of 10.

"To go from two out of 10 to seven out of 10 is quite the increase in the past year," Brad Brown, regional director of Badlands Human Service Center, said. "Years ago you saw a lot of heavy drinking, maybe some marijuana use, maybe some other narcotic use, but now it's almost flipped completely."

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