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BP: Report critical of Cass Lake IHS handling of opioids


August 12, 2019

CASS LAKE -- The Indian Health Service in Cass Lake was one of five IHS facilities that received criticism from the Department of Health and Human Services in a recent report for the way the organization distributed opioids to Native Americans, a group that is disproportionately affected by the drug epidemic.

The Indian Health Service is under the purview of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. In total, it serves some 2.6 million American Indians and Native Alaskans. The department released its report in July. In addition to the Cass Lake hospital, it named facilities in North Dakota, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico.


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