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What you should know

In North Dakota the primary concern is alcohol abuse. Secondarily, the trafficking and use of meth is a threat. No single drug organization dominates meth distribution, but Mexican poly-drug organizations do bring in meth via private vehicles, trains and buses. The Mexican organizations also are the primary traffickers of marijuana, transporting small quantities via private vehicles and commercial mail carriers.

Compared to other states

  • Illicit drugs overall – low for those 18 and older
  • Alcohol – among the highest for those 18-25, average for those 26 and older
  • Pharmaceuticals – low for those 18 and older
  • Cocaine – low for those 18 and older
  • Marijuana – low for those 18 and older

Source: SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, based on 2008-2009 annual averages. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A closer look


A very significant problem.


One of the drugs of choice, increasing dramatically. Canadian drug organizations from Vancouver and Manitoba bring BC Bud and hydroponically grown marijuana into North Dakota. But the bulk of the Canadian marijuana is transported to areas outside of the state. Local cultivation is on a small scale.


A two-fold threat. First, Mexican organizations based in California and Washington are producing large quantities of meth, then transporting and distributing it throughout North Dakota. Second, the production of meth within the state has begun to increase.


Not a significant threat. Meth use has surpassed cocaine use.


Somewhat of an issue. Sources are the illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping,” forged prescriptions and the internet.


Not a significant problem. Almost all of the heroin encountered in North Dakota, mainly in Fargo, is black tar heroin from Mexico.

Club drugs

Very limited. But club drugs are entering the Fargo area in small quantities.

Percentage of North Dakota population using/abusing drugs

AGE1 18+
Past Month Illicit Drug Use2 6.07
Past Year Marijuana Use 8.27
Past Month Marijuana Use 4.99
Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2 2.44
Past Year Cocaine Use 1.78
Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use 3.88
Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3 39.78
Past Month Alcohol Use 64.70
Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4 34.12
Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3 35.35
Illicit Drug Dependence2 1.50
Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2 1.97
Alcohol Dependence 3.84
Alcohol Dependence or Abuse 10.23
Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2 11.04
Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6 1.72
Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6 9.69
Serious psychological distress 12.26
Having at least one major depressive episode7 8.39

1 Age group is based on a respondent’s age at the time of the interview, not his or her age at first use.

2 Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana include cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.

3 When the Perception of Great Risk in using marijuana or alcohol is low, use of marijuana or alcohol is high.

4 Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.

5 Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

6 Needing But Not Receiving Treatment refers to respondents needing treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, but not receiving treatment at a specialty facility.

7 Major Depressive Episode is a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of the symptoms for depression as described in the DSM-IV.

Source: Condensed version of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004 and 2005, from SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies.

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