KHRT ND News – 10/26/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 102621 – 0700
WATFORD CITY, ND – The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a telephone scam. Deputies say they have recently recieved multiple reports of a phone scam, in which the caller would pose as a member of the Sheriff’s Office, claim the person missed jury duty, and threaten to arrest the person unless a fine was paid immediately. Officials say this is a scam. Additional information on how to prevent scam artists from being successful, how to report, and examples of common scams including this one, can be found on the North Dakota Attorney General’s website.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum shared the results from the North Dakota Addressing Addiction survey at Recovery Reinvented on Monday. Dr. Valerie Earnshaw, the study’s principal investigator, presented the results to an in-person crowd of about 600 people, with over 1,000 also viewing the event online. North Dakota’s Recovery Reinvented Initiative in the Office of the Governor, the University of Delaware, and the Addiction Policy Forum conducted a statewide survey to better understand the prevalence of substance use disorder (SUD) stigma in North Dakota.
The study found that stigma across the state has improved over the last three years, with 74% of North Dakota residents reporting that addiction is a health condition. Data collected from a previous 2018 survey on attitudes and beliefs around addiction among North Dakota residents showed that 63% of respondents agreed that addiction is a disease and needs to be treated as a health condition.
“To truly move the needle with ending stigma, we need to be able to make data-driven decisions,” First Lady Burgum said. “The results from the North Dakota Addressing Addiction survey will help us share knowledge to communities on addiction, promote evidence-based interventions and identify partnership opportunities with communities and stakeholders.”
“The fact that three out of four of the respondents to the 2021 survey understood that addiction is a health condition is great news,” said Earnshaw, associate professor and faculty scholar in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware. “It suggests that efforts aimed at increasing knowledge and reducing stigma in North Dakota may be paying off.”
Nearly half of respondents (46%) support laws that protect people with addiction from criminal charges for drug crimes if they seek medical help, while 22% indicated that all people who use drugs illegally should be arrested and prosecuted. Three out of four (74%) support making Naloxone (lifesaving opioid reversal medication) available to friends and family members of people with opioid use disorder, and 69% of respondents support increasing government spending on addiction treatment.
Stereotypes, or the inaccurate beliefs about people in recovery as a group, were relatively low among all survey respondents. Only 4% of respondents agreed that people in recovery are dangerous, 8% indicated they cannot be trusted, 9% indicated they do not make good decisions, and 19% selected individuals in recovery are to blame for their own problems.
Low levels of discrimination were found in social contact categories. The majority of respondents expressed willingness to work with someone in recovery (88%), to have someone in recovery as a neighbor (87%) and to introduce someone in recovery to their friends (87%). However, less than half of the respondents felt comfortable having someone in recovery as a caretaker of their children (31%), renting a room in their home (34%) or marrying into their immediate family (46%).
Prejudice, or the emotions experienced in response to interacting with someone in recovery, were relatively split statewide. Over half of the participants felt comfortable (53%) and supportive (53%) interacting with someone in recovery. However, nearly half of the participants expressed that they would feel anxious (49%) or nervous (48%) interacting with an individual in recovery.
Participants who have a loved one impacted by addiction, are in recovery themselves, or are professionals in the addiction field show significantly lower rates of stigmatizing feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Overall, impacted respondents endorsed 36% of stereotypes, 47% of prejudice and 32% of discrimination items. In comparison, non-impacted respondents endorsed 46% of stereotypes, 57% of prejudice and 45% of discrimination survey items.
“Stigma prevents people from asking for help and accessing evidence-based treatment when they need to, which ultimately hurts patients and families,” said Jessica Hulsey, executive director of Addiction Policy Forum. “North Dakota is using science to tackle the stigma around addiction, and it’s working. We hope that this groundbreaking research can be carried out in other cities and states across America.”
Research has found that individuals who experience stigma due to an SUD are more likely to continue engaging in substance use, and manifest greater delayed treatment access and higher rates of dropout. The three major domains of stigma include 1) stereotypes, the inaccurate beliefs or thoughts about a particular group of people; 2) prejudice, negative feelings or emotions towards a particular group; and 3) discrimination intent that includes negative or unjust treatment of a particular group.
The full survey report, “2021 North Dakota Stigma Survey: Findings on Attitudes, Levels of Stigma and Support of Key Policies to Address Addiction,” is available on the Recovery Reinvented website:
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health reports 17 more deaths today among those who were positive with COVID-19 (1735). That brings the total deaths for the month of October to 109, the most since December 2020. Active cases increase by 249 to 3,279 today. There are 747 new positives and 502 new recoveries. The daily positive rate is 9.73%. Hospitalizations are down by four to 169, with 17 of those in ICU.
BISMARCK, N.D. (OCT. 22, 2021) – Gov. Doug Burgum has announced that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted his request to extend an hours of service waiver for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting water and livestock feed to help North Dakota livestock producers affected by continuing drought conditions. Burgum granted a similar 30-day waiver in an executive order Sept. 22.
The letter from FMCSA Regional Field Administrator Scott Hernandez explains that the extension “provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting water and livestock feed including hay into the State of North Dakota, or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the drought emergency.”
The extension took effect last Saturday, Oct. 23, and will remain in effect through Nov. 23 or until the end of the emergency, whichever is earlier. Burgum requested an extension in a letter to Hernandez earlier this week.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2021 hunting season by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease from select units in the central and western portion of the state. CWD is a slow-moving brain disease of deer, moose and elk that can cause population-level impacts under high infection rates.
“Many folks are aware of the fairly bad epizootic hemorrhagic disease year we’ve had,” said Game and Fish veterinarian Dr. Charlie Bahnson. “While EHD is a different disease from CWD, it illustrates the impact diseases can have on our wildlife populations. And unlike EHD, which is cyclical, CWD can become an increasing, annual pressure on our herd.”
Knowing where CWD is in the state and how many deer are infected is critical for managing the disease. “One major goal is to confidently determine what areas do not have CWD,” Bahnson said. “We need to test a lot of deer to make that assessment, which is why hunters’ willingness to help is so important.”
Hunters are encouraged to drop off heads of adult or yearling deer at collection locations. Fawns and head-shot deer cannot be tested. Hunters wishing to keep the heads can bring them to a Game and Fish district office during business hours to have them sampled.
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 102621 – 0700
BISMARCK, ND (NDDoH) – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is alerting citizens of an ongoing national investigation of four cases of severe illness due to a rare bacteria called Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes melioidosis. The cases were reported from Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota and Texas. Two of the cases were fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found the bacteria in a bottle of “Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones.” The product tested was taken from the home of one of the cases. This product was sold in limited quantities in the United States by Walmart-both in stores and online-and comes in a variety of scents. Walmart stores nationwide have pulled the product from their shelves.
“At this time, we do not know if any North Dakota stores sold the product,” said Michelle Dethloff, NDDoH Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Director. “Because it was available to purchase online, we want to make sure North Dakota residents are aware this situation.” North Dakota residents who have this product-of any scent-in their home should stop using it immediately. They should NOT throw the product away or try to dispose of the product.
The CDC recommends that anyone who has this aromatherapy spray in their home:
– Stop using this product immediately. Do not open the bottle. Do not throw away or dispose of the bottle in the regular trash.
– Double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top bags and place in a small cardboard box. Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store.
– Wash sheets or linens that the product may have been sprayed on using normal laundry detergent and dry completely in a hot dryer; bleach can be used if desired.
– Wipe down counters and surfaces that might have the spray on them with undiluted Pine-Sol or similar disinfectant.
– Limit how much you handle the spray bottle and wash hands thoroughly after touching the bottle or linens. If you used gloves, wash hands afterward.
If you have used the product within the past 21 days and have fever or other melioidosis symptoms, seek medical care and tell your doctor you were exposed to the spray. If you do not have symptoms but were exposed to the product in the last 7 days, your doctor may recommend that you get antibiotics (post-exposure prophylaxis) to prevent infection. Symptoms of melioidosis vary and usually occur two to four weeks after exposure but may be sooner or later. Fever, breathing problems, skin problems, neurological problems and gastro-intestinal problems may be noticed. North Dakota residents who have used this product and develop or have developed an illness should consult with their health care provider regarding their illness and mention the possible exposure the product.
BISMARCK, ND – Starting today the North Dakota Department of Health will turn off comments and replies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube posts. It will apply to all posts and will not be specific to any particular topic. Health officials say the action is being taken to curtail the spread of misinformation being attached to the agency’s posts via comments and replies. The NDDoH says their “social media channels will continue to be a source for sharing verified public health information to help North Dakotans make informed decisions.” Private message inboxes for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will remain open and will be monitored seven days a week.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum hosted the fifth Recovery Reinvented on Monday, a daylong in-person and online event focused on reinventing recovery through eliminating the stigma of addiction. They were joined by national and state addiction recovery experts, more than 650 in-person attendees and over 3,000 online viewers who spanned across the state and nation, with some international audience members watching from Australia, Kenya and Spain.
“Recovery Reinvented has always been about ending the shame and stigma that surrounds the disease of addiction. And as we do every year, we’re building on that foundation and focusing on the relevant issues and topics that can help us build the strongest cultures of recovery in our state and across our nation,” Gov. Burgum said. “While today is to celebrate how far we have come, it’s also an opportunity for us to gather and reflect that we have much work in front of us still to go.”
The governor and first lady emphasized the importance of sharing individual stories of people’s journeys from addiction to recovery, creating recovery-friendly cultures in the workplace and community and eliminating stigma by getting involved in advocacy.
“Our stories have the power to end stigma because they create connection and understanding,” First Lady Burgum said. “The results from our North Dakota Addressing Addiction survey tell us that stories are an effective community intervention because they increase addiction literacy. The state of North Dakota continues to experience positive momentum toward eliminating stigma, increasing access to behavioral health services and supports, and fostering supportive cultures for recovery.”
The event was highlighted by a number of North Dakota community members and organizations who were recognized for their efforts to implement innovative solutions to address the disease of addiction. Recovery Champion award recipients were:
– Dr. Melissa Henke, Heartview Foundation, for her work in expanding access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for people with an Opioid Use Disorder and using evidence-based practices to eliminate the stigma of addiction for people struggling with addiction.
– Don’t Quit the Quit and Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Programs, for supporting the health and wellness of pregnant and post-partum women on their road to recovery free of judgment, shame or discrimination.
– Community of Cando, N.D., for creating a community-wide supportive culture for recovery, leveraging public-private partnerships, service providers and recreational opportunities for those in recovery or re-entering from the criminal justice system.
– KX News, for creating the “Road to Recovery” series which has produced nearly 50 personal stories of recovery that have helped to educate the community and reduce stigma for those struggling with addiction.
The keynote speakers at Monday’s event included:
– Dr. Joseph Lee, President & CEO, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
– Dr. Valerie Earnshaw, Stigma Researcher at the University of Delaware and Principal Investigator on the North Dakota Addressing Addiction study.
– Laurie Johnson Wade, Co-Founder of Lost Dreams Awakening.
– Jonathan Holth, community and client development manager for JLG Architects and co-owner of The Toasted Frog restaurants and Urban Stampede Coffee Bar.
MINOT, ND (MINOTND.ORG) – The United States recently announced it would reopen its land borders to fully vaccinated travelers coming from Mexico and Canada for non-essential purposes. The change takes effect Nov. 8. It was welcome news to Minot International Airport Director Jennifer Eckman. “The good news is that we anticipate a lot more Canadian travelers coming to Minot and flying out of our facility,” Eckman said. “We’re excited about the opportunities this presents.”
Previously, Canadians taking essential trips could travel to the U.S. by air if they were vaccinated and had a negative COVID-19 test in Canada, but were not allowed to cross the border in vehicles. The change will help boost the economies of cities like Minot that have long been popular shopping destinations for Canadian residents.
“A lot of people aren’t used to traveling anymore, and there are a lot of new protocols still in place,” Eckman said. “When we add an influx of passengers from Canada during the busiest time of the year, that could add to the challenges.” The weeks around Thanksgiving represent the busiest time of the year for airports; lifting the travel restrictions in November will likely mean even more passengers moving through the nation’s airports. “We’re asking travelers to be patient with staff at our facility, everyone from the ticket agents to those working in the Transportation Security Administration to the crews on the plane,” Eckman added.
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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