Community forum to ‘help break the chains’ of addiction

More than two million Americans are estimated to suffer from addiction to prescription or illegal opioids this year. The Minot community is not immune to the problem.

That’s why Minot Public Schools, the police department, and the Mayor’s Committee on Addiction will be hosting a community forum Wednesday April 11 from 6-8 in the Arvel Graving Theater at Magic City Campus, all in hopes to break the chains of addiction in our area.

“We’re all affected by addiction,” Superintendent, Dr. Mark Vollmer said.

Dr. Vollmer said that it’s time that the community gain a better understanding of what addiction is, the affects of it on both the addict and those around them, and what can be done about it.

“This is a community issue. It just can’t be the schools, it just can’t be the mental health community, it can’t be the medical community, faith based community, it’s got to be all of us working together on this and I think when we do that, we’ll see great things coming,” Vollmer added.

A two-hour community forum, that’s open to everyone, will be held tonight to address the issues of addiction specific to the Minot area.

“To bring it back home and try to connect with our community so they really get a sense of what we’re dealing with, I think that’ll really be important,” Captain John Klug said.

The Arvel Graving Theater at Magic City Campus can seat 500 people. Organizers say they’re hoping to fill each and every seat.

Vollmer said, “We just hope we have a great turn out because the situation is real and the more we can get information, factual information to our community, I think the better off we all are.”

Minot PD and the Drug Task Force will address just how real the problem is, what to look out for, and take questions from the community.

“If we don’t get in front of it, which means getting to the young people in our community, and curbing their appetite to go down that road, it’s only going to get worse for us,” Klug added.

Wednesday’s forum will begin with a presentation by the police department and the drug task force addressing just how far addiction has come in our community and what sort things to look out for.

It will then be followed by a community panel consisting of people experiencing various levels of addiction, parents of addicts and a clergy member to talk about the issues in Minot, what’s been done so far, and what needs to happen moving forward.

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