The misuse and abuse of opioids has become a public health problem in North Dakota, and the BCBSND Caring Foundation is working to address it.
“This is important to us at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota,” said BCBSND President and CEO Tim Huckle. “We want a healthy state, and we are committed to working with and for our members, citizens and the communities of North Dakota.”
This summer, the Caring Foundation partnered with Prairie Public, Dakota Medical Foundation and Bell Bank to produce a 26-minute documentary called “The Opioid Epidemic: Seeking Solutions in North Dakota.”
The documentary highlights what North Dakota opioid users, affected families, health care professionals, educators, businesses and community members need to know about the problem, but more importantly, how they can be part of the solution.
“The purpose of this segment isn’t to focus on what’s causing the opioid problem – we understand the problem,” Huckle said. “Our goal is to focus on what North Dakotans are doing, can do and should be doing to find solutions.”
“The Opioid Epidemic” premiered on Prairie Public’s television networks on October 20 and has been shown at public screenings in Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks. Next it will make its way to Valley City.
What: Screening of “The Opioid Epidemic” followed by a discussion
When: Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30.
Where: The Hi-Liner Activity Center Lobby at Valley City High School
Info: The Valley City-Barnes County Committee on Addiction will co-host the event, which is free and open to the public.
If you are unable to attend the Valley City screening, you can watch the documentary here.