Addiction treatment centers in North Dakota are expanding after seeing the demand for drug and alcohol abuse treatment double in the past five years alone. One facility in Bismarck is adding 16 more treatment beds for men and 15 efficiency apartments after purchasing a 12,000 sq foot emergency shelter that had been closed.
According to drug treatment officials, the country is in the middle of an opioid crisis, losing approximately 175 people to drug abuse every day. National leaders have compared the epidemic to a 747 crashing every day with no survivors.
Expansions in North Dakota are moving rapidly, with additional centers expected to open throughout the state or extend their services by the end of the year.