Prevent Drug and Alcohol Addiction in North Dakota

Drug and alcohol abuse is the No. 1 social issue we face in North Dakota. We can all play a role in changing that. Healthy families, communities and businesses and are key factors in prevention. Explore the resources we’ve provided to find ways you can support prevention.

Prevention Resources

Lock. Monitor. Take Back.

Protect yourself and those around you by being safe with your medications.



Keep medication out of sight and in a safe and secure place. Consider storing medications in a lock box or hide them in a discrete location in your home so they are not easy for others to find.

Your medicines are your business. There’s no reason to tell people about the medicines you take.



Keep track of medications and take only as directed. Count how many pills you have at any given time to check for missing pills.

Never share your medications. If a family member or friend is injured, instead of “sharing” a pain reliever, make sure he or she sees a health care professional.


Take Back

Drop off unused medication at local Take Back locations. If a take-back program is not available, prescription drugs can be placed in an opaque container mixed with coffee grounds or kitty litter and thrown in the garbage.

Find a Take Back location


Stop Overdose

Opioid overdose deaths in North Dakota are on the rise. Learn who is at risk, what the signs of overdose are and what to do if you witness an overdose.


parents lead

As a parent, you are the No. 1 influence in your child’s life. Parents Lead gives parents tools to prevent underage drinking and other behavioral health issues through proven methods, such as engaging in conversations and modeling positive and healthy behaviors.

Resources for Communities


Prevention Assistance

Communities and individuals across the state can find assistance from the ND Training and Technical Assistance Team. Whether it’s presenting information to community stakeholders or learning how other communities have approached a similar issue, the team is here to help.


Substance Abuse Data

Positive change starts with identifying and prioritizing the most critical substance abuse issues in our state and communities. Find everything from data briefs to survey results at the ND Prevention Resource and Media Center.


Tribal Communities

The ND Prevention Resource and Media Center offers an evidence-based prevention planning process, a prescription drug abuse prevention campaign and other resources for tribal communities.




You play an important role in preventing drug and alcohol abuse in our state. The ND Prevention Resource and Media Center has put together age-appropriate ideas to weave prevention into your curriculum.

Get Involved

Save the Date. Please join us September 5, 2018 for the second Recovery Reinvented, a day for moving our state forward in understanding and addressing addiction… READ MORE


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