USDA drug, alcohol addiction roundtable

State officials joined representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office on Thursday for a roundtable discussion on drug and alcohol addiction.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, Indian Affairs Commission’s executive director Scott Davis, representatives from the state Department of Human Services, and other guests gathered at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck to discuss alcohol and substance abuse issues in North Dakota.

First lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum also spoke at the event about ongoing addiction treatment and overdose prevention efforts in the state, including her goal “to end the shame and stigma of the disease of addiction.”