Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost joined MacTalk to discuss drugs and crime that might be associated with drug use. Is there a change afoot in the area?
As our interview wound down and we began discussing the danger of ATV’s, traffic fines in North Dakota (he thinks they’re a joke) and his personal future after his term expires in 2018, Rost plainly stated the following “I’m going to run for County Commission I think.”
Is illegal drug use increasing in the Grand Forks – East Grand Forks area? Is crime increasing due to increased drug use in the area? Or, are the numbers using drugs the same and we’re reading about them more because of the powerful nature of the drugs they are using?
We ask three longtime area law enforcement officers about their observations on drug use and crime, is it changing? Here’s what they had to say.
BREAKING NEWS: Bob Rost plans to run for a County Commissioner seat.
“Solving addiction is possible in Grand Forks” David Whitesock, a native of Thompson ND and the Chief Data Officer at Face It Together stated today on MacTalk.
How? “Grand Forks has all the pieces in place to put a community program together that will address addiction and we’re anxious to be part of that discussion” Whitesock said. Face It Together supports communities by providing tools that solve addiction.
The most astounding piece of information that Whitesock shared in the interview was the estimated annual cost per employee of addiction to employers — a staggering $1,700 — that’s per employee, per year. That cost has the attention of employers and bringing that number down is not only good for the community, it’s good for the bottom line of all businesses.
The community “listening session” in Grand Forks is one of the events orchestrated by Mayor Mike Brown, and will lead to the formation of a Blue Ribbon Task Force on addiction.