indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Health Coverage for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Walt Lamar: Minnesota tribes combat prescription drug abuse

Filed Under: Opinion
More on: drugs, minnesota, walt lamar
     

"Sometimes when you make a prediction, you hope that you're wrong. More than a year ago, I sounded a warning that prescription painkiller addiction, combined with an uptick in Mexican heroin traffic, was going to result in more suffering in our tribal communities. Even though we saw it coming, it's with a heavy heart that we have been reading about this dual problem resulting in overdoses, arrests and child endangerment among the tribal nations of Minnesota.

According to a recent threat assessment, prescription drug trafficking has been a growing problem on tribal lands. Both the White Earth and Red Lake nations have declared public health emergencies related to prescription drug abuse. In 2011, prescription drugs were involved in 14.4% of drug arrests, up from 4.5 percent seven years before.

Prescription drug abuse drives opiate addicts to use whatever they can get, and heroin is chemically similar to morphine or oxycodone. Not only are the prescription pills expensive, pharmaceutical companies recently altered prescription formulas to minimize the euphoric sensations that addicts crave. On the other hand, the inexpensive heroin distributed from Twin Cities dealers is said to be the purest—and most lethal—in the country."

Get the Story:
Walt Lamar: Minnesota Tribes See Prescription Drug Use Leading to Heroin Addiction (Indian Country Today 12/6)


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
White House Tribal Nations Conference expands to a second day (8/31)
Lakota Country Times: #NoDAPL roadblock remains a major issue (8/31)
Brandon Ecoffey: #NoDAPL resistance is the start of a movement (8/31)
Dave Archambault: Struggle unfolds on Standing Rock Sioux land (8/31)
Terri Miles: Indian Country unites to stare down the black snake (8/31)
Joel Heitkamp: Officials in North Dakota need a lesson in respect (8/31)
Mark Trahant: Two Native candidates fall short in Arizona primary (8/31)
Native Sun News: Honoring Oglala racing legend 'Boob' Ferguson (8/31)
Carly McIntosh: First Nations get little help with water problems (8/31)
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community mourns deaths of firefighters (8/31)
White Mountain Apache Tribe helps bust big marijuana operation (8/31)
United Keetoowah Band readies for council election in November (8/31)
'The Red Road Project' depicts modern-day life in Indian Country (8/31)
John McCain survives primary challenge to face Ann Kirkpatrick (8/31)
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits word on role in casino lawsuit (8/31)
Chukchansi Tribe might finally award long-overdue gaming funds (8/31)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe confirms lack of easement for pipeline (8/30)
Supplies needed for #NoDAPL Defenders of Sacred Water School (8/30)
Lakota Country Times: Students witness history at pipeline camp (8/30)
Vi Waln: Media distorts peaceful nature of sacred #NoDAPL camp (8/30)
Police officer for Navajo Nation killed in the line of duty in Arizona (8/30)
Indian Health Service hosts conference with Direct Service Tribes (8/30)
Tim Giago: Indian Country still suffering from boarding school era (8/30)
Mark Trahant: Congressional hopefuls debate on Fort Peck Nation (8/30)
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in needs of communities (8/30)
Native Sun News: Ruling awaited in Indian Child Welfare Act case (8/30)
Clara Caufield: An appreciation for a modern-day 'Teeth Woman' (8/30)
Native Sun News Editorial: Lands were taken from our ancestors (8/30)
Mike Myers: Historic ties between the Haudenosaunee and Sioux (8/30)
Mark Anthony Rolo: Tribes remain at mercy of bad federal policies (8/30)
Congressional hopeful seeks debate on South Dakota reservation (8/30)
Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty suit despite protest (8/30)
North Fork Rancheria wins final decision in gaming compact case (8/30)
Lytton Band in negotiations for new agreement with labor union (8/30)
Chumash Tribe enters agreement for law enforcement at casino (8/30)
Former Nottawaseppi Huron Band employee sentenced for theft (8/30)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.