Tribe intent on tackling drug 'epidemic'


TOWER — A new and troubling addiction is becoming a scourge on the Bois Forte Reservation, just as it is attacking communities across the region, state and nation.

Alcoholism has “weakened Indian Country” in the past,” Bois Forte Tribal Chairman Kevin Leecy recently said in his State of the Band speech to Band members.

“Today there is another epidemic. Prescription drugs, heroin, and meth are new smallpox blankets and — if left unchecked — they will destroy our communities.”

The tribal chairman said the Band will attack the “epidemic,” not ignore it.


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