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High Country News: Tribes are taking the lead in battle against opioids

“Female Possible Overdose.”

The text message at 4 a.m. was short and to the point. Rory Wheeler sprang from bed and hurriedly pulled on his uniform.

It was late October 2016, and Wheeler, an EMS worker for and a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians in New York, rushed to the scene. But it was too late: A young woman on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation had overdosed and was pronounced dead at the scene.


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