Responding to the Opioid Drug Crisis in MN American Indian Communities: An Audio Documentary


For over a decade, the prescription pain killer and heroine abuse crisis has had a hold on communities across the U.S. Opioid overdoses tripled between 2000 and 2015.

In 2015, Minnesota had more American Indians dying from overdoses than any other state. That same year, nearly 70% of pregnant Native women gave birth to babies with opioids in their systems.

Many American Indians in Minnesota are wrestling with how best to help people heal from the addiction AND the historical trauma at the root of this crisis.

Over this one hour, reporter Melissa Townsend explores the unique nature of addiction in Native communities, and how it is, or is not, shaping a response to the current crisis.


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