Red Lake Indian Reservation Wants Help to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Leaders are considering banishing tribal members who are involved with dealing drugs

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — Red Lake Indian Reservation tribal leaders have declared a public health emergency.

They are seeking outside help to deal with a heroin and opiate epidemic.

Leaders are considering banishing tribal members who are involved with dealing drugs.

They’ll discuss the option at a meeting August 1.

Leaders say overdoses have increased significantly over the past few months due to an increase in heroin and fentanyl use.

Natives Against Heroin Co-chief Ryan Neadeau Sr. says almost three dozen people have overdosed in the past six months.

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