Monday, June 17, 2013

Heroin and Crime: How Can We Stop It?

Over the past couple of years, we've been charting the rise of heroin use on our tribal lands. Reservations near big cities have been the first to be affected, but even rural areas are suffering from this blight. Tribal police have seen an associated uptick in crime, too. As the White Earth Public Safety Director and Chief of Police, Randy Goodwin, said, "And along with the drug issue, guess what comes with it. Some of the gangs." One California tribe has seen gangland style killings over heroin deals. A big bust by St. Regis tribal officers resulted in three people being charged with multiple gun and drug felonies. The heroin problem for Minnesota tribes has been especially serious, as demonstrated by recent cases in Spirit Lake and Mille Lacs.

To learn more about why heroin is on the rise, what prescription drugs have to do with the problem, and the next steps for addressing the painkiller to heroin link, join us for a tuition-free webinar, Prescription Drugs to Heroin, Part II on June 26, at 10 am. The last session was full, so be sure to reserve your space now! This webinar will focus on developing community-based partnerships.  By assessing areas of strength and opportunity, members of our tribal communities can work together to protect our greatest resource- our children. Tools and resource links will be provided that can be used across programs to support mutual values.

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