Wisconsin's Oneida Tribe Facing A Rise In Opiate Abuse Cases
Opiate abuse is on the rise throughout the U.S., and local health officials say that now includes some of Wisconsin's indigenous communities.
Opiates are highly-addictive drugs include illegal narcotics, such as heroin and prescription painkillers such as Vicodin. Data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that approximately 44 people die daily in the U.S. from overdosing on painkillers; and in 2013, nearly two million people had abused prescription narcotics. In Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services reports that there has been a steady increase in opiate-related deaths between 2003 and 2012.