Drug abuse is seeping throughout our community into our schools, our jobs, and our homes. If you don't know someone affected by drugs, chances are you will someday. Drugs destroy the lives of the users, their families, and our community. It affects us all, rich or poor, white-collar or blue. Young and old. Men and women. Heroin and opiates don’t discriminate and knows no bounds. As a community, we have to work together towards one goal: to end the illegal drug epidemic.
Know the signs
Knowing the drug abuse could save a life. It could be the first step in getting someone the care they need.
Addicts will never be far from their drugs because they need immediate and direct access to their drugs. You don't need to be looking for the drugs themselves, but more, the signs of drug use. These signs are all around us. Overtime, innocent or common actions transform into a bigger picture. Many times the most ordinary items, when combined with other seemingly harmless signs can indicate a need for intervention.
Search in cars, wastebaskets, backpacks, books, personal accessories. Look inside stuffed animals or toys that may be used to store a drug kit.
Overdose Prevention and Immunity Law
The North Dakota overdose prevention and immunity law protects individuals from criminal prosecution if they contact law enforcement or emergency medical services to report they or another individual is in need of emergency medical assistance due to a drug overdose. To receive immunity under this statute, the individual receiving immunity must have:
- Remained on scene until assistance arrived;
- Cooperated with emergency medical services in the medical treatment of the reported drug overdosed individual. For example telling emergency personnel what drug or drugs were taken, how much, and when;
- And the overdosed individual must have been in need of emergency medical services.
If these criteria are met, the statue grants individuals immunity from prosecution for possession, ingestion, or sharing of a controlled substance or possession of drug paraphernalia that occurred at the scene where the overdose occurred. The law does not provide immunity for delivery, manufacturing, or distribution of a controlled substance.