Remi Bald Eagle, intergovernmental affairs coordinator for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe: “This bottle of mouthwash contains 26% alcohol. $3.15 is all it takes to kill my people.” Photo by Alaina Adakai
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Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe takes aim at mouthwash

CRST regulates sales of mouthwash

Mouthwash contains 26% alcohol
By Alaina Adakai
Native Sun News Today Correspondent

EAGLE BUTTE - Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier issued a notification to businesses located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation outlining new tribal regulations regarding the sales of mouthwash.

Chairman Frazier said that the CRST Tribal Council passed the resolution on October 4th in order “to prevent and deter people from ingesting mouthwash as an intoxicant.”

The problem of people drinking mouthwash that contains alcohol has long plagued the tribe. Mouthwash is not only easily accessible, it is also a cheap alternative to other alcoholic drinks.

“This bottle of mouthwash contains 26% alcohol. $3.15 is all it takes to kill my people,” said Remi Bald Eagle, CRST Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator.

Because of the high content of alcohol in mouthwash, inebriation can occur quickly.

Research shows that long-term ingestion of high amounts of mouthwash is detrimental to the body. Chemicals found in mouthwash can deter the gastrointestinal tract, cause blindness, and lead to organ failure. Alcohol poisoning and death are not uncommon in cases of mouthwash abuse.

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