Heroin and opiate abuse is seeping throughout our community into our schools, our jobs and our homes. If you don't know someone affected by heroin, chances are you will someday. Heroin kills more people in the Fargo area than homicides. In 2016, the Fargo Police Department investigated 69 calls for service related to opioid overdoses and, of those, 15 resulted in a death.
Heroin and opiates 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 opiate and heroin 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, waste baskets, backpacks, books, personal accessories. Look inside stuffed animals or toys that may be used to store a drug kit.
Signs of overdose
An overdose can be life-threatening and requires immediate emergency care. Opioid overdose is a medical emergency. Providing breaths is the most important thing you can do until emergency personnel arrive.
If you suspect a heroin overdose CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY
- Chocking or gurgling sound
- Ashen or blue skin and/or fingernails
- Weak or no pulse
- White patches on tongue
- Awake but not able to talk
- Shallow breathing
- Loss of consciousness
There are several steps in the treatment and recovery of heroin and opiate addiction. The first step is admitting you have a problem and getting help. Please use this non-exhaustive list of resources in our community to get yourself or someone you know or love get help.
- Substance Use Disorder Voucher supports eligible individuals in their personal recovery by reducing financial barriers in accessing substance use disorder treatment and recovery services.
- South East Human Service Center Open Access is an opportunity for your to initiate mental health and substance use services without scheduling an appointment. During the designated times, services are provided based on your level of need.
- Treatment programs in Fargo, N.D.
- Fargo-Moorhead Good Neighborhood Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking barriers and reducing harm for individuals who are impacted by unsafe drug use.
- Lighthouse Church offers support groups to include depression, Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Narcotics Anonymous.
- Recovery Worship is a congregation that focuses on persons whose lives have been touched by addiction. This may be the addict themselves, or family members and friends of addicts.
- Lost and Found Recovery Center
- reGroup The regroup mission is to strengthen the recovery community through peer-to-peer support, public education, and advocacy.
- Red River Recovery Center believes that a person struggling with substance abuse requires time and specialized treatment to aid in their personal well-being. Many suffer from the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual maladies that limit them as they return to a healthy state of mind. It is imperative program be designed for each client to help with their unique needs.