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Churchill: An epidemic born of greed and despair

The opioid epidemic knows no boundaries, but its grip is strongest in the forgotten places where economic stagnation has brought despair and desperation. Few places are as poor and forgotten as Native American reservations, so it should be little surprise that opioids have also ravaged many tribes. The St. Regis Mohawk tribe along the St. Lawrence River in far northern New York are among the victims.

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Opioid Crisis

6/17/2019

article Nevada attorney general files wide-ranging opioid lawsuit
(Nevada) -- Nevada's attorney general expanded the state's lawsuit against the maker of the opioid OxyContin on Monday to include the company's former...
article Nevada files new lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, retailers
(Nevada) -- Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford announced a massive lawsuit Monday accusing dozens of drug manufacturers and distributors of propagating the state’s...

6/13/2019

article Tribe Sues Over Opioid Abuse
(Wyoming) -- The Eastern Shoshone Tribe on the Wind River Reservation has announced it is joining the numerous cities and counties nationally who are pursuing a lawsuit...

6/12/2019

article Nebraska's AG is lone holdout in pursuing opioid cases
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has fought prescription opioid abuse through public education campaigns, worked with lawmakers to tighten...

6/11/2019

article Opioid crisis continues in Indian Country as 100+ tribes to file lawsuits against big pharma companies
(Indian Country) -- In a move demonstrating big pharma companies are one of the root causes of opioid problems plaguing Indian Country, more than 100 tribes are setting...

6/10/2019

article Opioid maker Insys files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
(USA) -- Opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection, touching off a battle for cash between federal authorities who blamed the company...

6/3/2019

article More states sue opioid maker alleging deceptive marketing
(USA) -- California, Hawaii, Maine and the District of Columbia filed lawsuits Monday against the maker of OxyContin and the company's former president, alleging the...

5/31/2019

article Tribe hosts opioid training
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribes hosted a free opioid response training at the Lucy F. Covington Government Center, May 28 and May 29, bringing together local tribal...

5/30/2019

article New Mexico Delegation Announces $600,000 to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S...

5/29/2019

article Tribes sue big-pharma over opioid harm
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribes have filed a lawsuit against major manufacturers of opioids, alleging devastating health effects on tribal communities resulting from...

5/28/2019

article Oklahoma opioid trial begins as state lays blame for crisis on drug companies
(Oklahoma) -- Motivated by greed, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries deliberately flooded the market with prescription painkillers, deceptively promoted them and...

5/26/2019

article Blood Tribe sees significant drop in overdose numbers
(Alberta) -- After a tumultuous 2018 that saw 335 overdoses on the southern Alberta Blood Tribe reserve, officials say they are seeing relief in numbers, thanks to a...
article Long-awaited opioid trial to begin Tuesday in Norman: More than 140 journalists have requested credentials
(Oklahoma) -- Barring a last-minute settlement, the eyes of the national news media will focus on the county courthouse here Tuesday for the start of a trial where...
article 'Incredible efforts' chipping away at Oklahoma's opioid crisis
(Oklahoma) -- The war against opioid addiction is being waged on many fronts in Oklahoma, including research labs, recovery centers, the Legislature and individual...

5/24/2019

article High-stakes opioid trial to begin Tuesday in Cleveland County
(Oklahoma) -- The state of Oklahoma’s case against drug companies it accuses of flooding the state with addictive painkillers, leaving tens of thousands of...

5/17/2019

article Minnesota to sue Sackler family members in Purdue Pharma opioid litigation
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is naming members of the family behind opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma in the state's ongoing lawsuit over...
article Anishinabek Police Service says impact of Project Disruption felt in remote communities
(Ontario) -- Despite its focus to date being in Thunder Bay, the effects of Project Disruption are being felt throughout the region, an inspector with the Anishinabek...

5/14/2019

article Piikani Nation opioid support group first of its kind in southern Alberta
(Alberta) -- An opioid support group hosted by Peigan Prevention Counselling Services is the first for the Piikani Nation in southern Alberta. The once-a-week evening...

5/13/2019

article America’s Drug Problem Hits Home for North Carolina’s Cherokee Tribe
(North Carolina) -- Samantha Brawley got hooked on painkillers after high school, an addiction that stole nearly a decade and cost her most of the savings that were...

5/10/2019

article Colville Tribes sues opioid manufacturers, distributors
(Washington) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has filed a lawsuit on against major manufacturers and distributors of opioids, alleging devastating...
article Noem: Reclaiming hope in the midst of addiction
(South Dakota) -- The lone graduate stood in front of the audience and tried to hold back tears as she told her story of addiction and her plans to stay clean - for her...

5/9/2019

article Native American activist calls on Canadian First Nations to sue opioid makers
(Alberta) -- An activist and advocate for Native Americans and tribal issues is calling on Canadian First Nations to take action against opioid producers.

5/8/2019

article OP/ED: How Sen. Elizabeth Warren would tackle the opioid crisis
(USA) -- Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday unveiled a revamped, $100 billion plan to address the opioid crisis that calls for directing significant new resources to...

4/29/2019

article Judge: Former opioid advocate can testify against industry
(New York) -- A federal jury will be able to hear from a doctor who spent decades advocating for broader use of powerful prescription painkillers before turning against...

4/23/2019

article 2 men plead guilty to dealing heroin in case that left 2 dead on northern Minnesota reservation
(Minnesota) -- Two men have pleaded guilty to heroin distribution on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation in a case that also involves a shooting that killed two...
article ‘Warn the people you love;’ couple raises awareness of drugs and violence on the CRIT reservation
(Arizona) -- Raymond Meza and Phyllis Rayes Robledo are two people on a mission. They want to end the substance abuse and violence that plague the Colorado River Indian...

4/22/2019

article Cherokee Nation fights opioid misuse through education, prevention
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is hoping to end opioid misuse in Indian Country by helping Cherokee families with programs that focus on education,...

4/19/2019

article California man sentenced for trafficking oxycodone on Rocky Boys Reservation
(Montana) -- A California man who admitted supplying prescription pain pills for distribution on the Rocky Boys Indian Reservation was sentenced on April 18 to 92 months...
article Cherokee Nation takes steps against opioid abuse
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is making an impact on Cherokee families with programs that focus on education, prevention and medication-assisted...

4/18/2019

article Cherokee Nation fights opioid misuse through education and prevention
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is making an impact on Cherokee families with programs that focus on education, prevention and medication-assisted...

4/17/2019

article Cherokee Nation fights opioid misuse through education, prevention programs
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is making an impact on Cherokee families with programs that focus on education, prevention and medication-assisted...

4/15/2019

article Tribal lawsuit in opioid case awaits a decision
(Oklahoma) -- Lloyd B. Miller was introduced as one of the foremost experts on tribal self-governance when he spoke at the MCN Pain Management and Opioid Addiction...

4/7/2019

article Film explores rural health care amid poverty, opioid crisis
(New Mexico) -- Northern New Mexico is known for tourist attractions such as artsy Santa Fe, eclectic Taos and the healing dirt of El Santuario de Chimayó. The region...

4/6/2019

article Minneapolis, Hennepin County unveil new strategies for tackling opioid epidemic
(Minnesota) -- Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials on Thursday released a sweeping set of recommendations for tackling the opioid epidemic, with a focus on...

4/5/2019

article Minneapolis, Hennepin County unveil new strategies for tackling opioid epidemic
(Minnesota) -- Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials on Thursday released a sweeping set of recommendations for tackling the opioid epidemic, with a focus on...

3/29/2019

article Opioid use creates ‘public health emergency’ for pregnant Native women
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Health Service is working with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to create an opioid-use treatment program tailored...

3/28/2019

article The Opioid Epidemic Hits Hard in Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- Drug overdoses killed 700,000 people in the United States between 1999 and 2017, and more than two-thirds of those deaths were the result of opioids...

3/26/2019

article The nationwide opioid litigation movement reached its first major settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The public still won't hear details regarding Purdue Pharma's push to market the painkiller OxyContin. Testimony from members the company...
article Purdue Pharma and Sacklers Reach $270 Million Settlement in Opioid Lawsuit
(New York) -- Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, agreed to pay $270 million to avoid going to a state court trial over the...

3/25/2019

article 500+ Cities, Counties & Tribes Sue Sackler Family over Opioid Crisis
(USA) -- And a group of over 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes filed a lawsuit against members of the Sackler family for their role in creating “the...
article SD paramedic allegedly stole opioids from ambulance service
(South Dakota) -- A paramedic is charged with stealing several different drugs from a South Dakota Indian reservation ambulance service. Kelo Land reported that Dane...

3/24/2019

article Hundreds of cities, counties and Native American tribes file federal lawsuit against Sackler family over opioid crisis
(USA) -- More than 600 cities, counties and Native American tribes from 28 states have filed a federal lawsuit against eight members of the Sackler family -- owners of...

3/22/2019

article OxyContin Maker Sackler Family Sued by 500 Cities, Shunned by Tate Galleries
(USA) -- Members of the Sackler family, who owns opioid OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma, are now being sued by a conglomerate of more than 500 cities, counties and...
article Tohono O'odham Police Seize 43K Fentanyl Doses
(Arizona) -- Police on the Tohono O'odham Nation say a tribal-led task force is responsible for getting 43,000 doses of fentanyl off the streets. Tohono O'odham...

3/21/2019

article ND Leaders Discuss Solutions To Opioid Epidemic On Native American Reservations
(North Dakota) -- While the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives across the country, North Dakota state leaders met to talk about its affect on Native American...
article Sackler family: 500 cities, counties and tribes sue owners of Oxycontin maker
(USA) -- A group made up of more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes across the United States has filed a massive lawsuit accusing members of the...

3/20/2019

article Hearing held on combatting drug usage in Indian country
(North Dakota) -- Sen. John Hoeven brought Washington, D.C., to Bismarck on Wednesday. He's the chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs and says promoting safety...

3/18/2019

article Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service hosting youth opioid awareness conference
(Ontario) -- When Terry McCaffrey became chief of the Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service seven months ago, one of the first things he did was purchase Naloxone kits for...

3/16/2019

article U.S. officials seize 30,000 fentanyl pills on an AZ Indian reservation
(Arizona) -- U.S. officials say they’ve seized 30,000 fentanyl pills that were being trafficked by a Mexican drug cartel on an Arizona Indian reservation that sits...

3/12/2019

article Lummi Tribal Health Center warns community of ‘a significant increase in overdoses’
(Washington) -- The Lummi Tribal Health Center issued a drug overdose warning via its Facebook page last week after a pregnant Lummi woman died from a heroin overdose....

3/11/2019

article OP/ED: As the opioid crisis grinds on, we need national consensus on drug policy
(British Columbia) -- The seemingly unending opioid overdose crisis with its litany of deaths and near-deaths has not only sapped the energy if first responders, it...

3/10/2019

article Oklahoma judge refuses to delay first trial of responsibility for opioid crisis
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma judge declined Friday to postpone the first major trial of whether drug companies bear responsibility for the opioid crisis, leaving the state...

3/8/2019

article Putting Trudeau on Notice, Union of BC Indian Chiefs Declares Opioid Crisis “A State of Emergency” and Supports First Nations Conference to Address the Epidemic
(British Columbia) -- The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) has passed a forceful resolution imploring action by embattled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...

3/6/2019

article Conference To Examine Link Between Problem Gambling, Opioid Use Disorders
(Maine) -- A conference in one of Maine's biggest cities will look at the link between problem gambling and the opioid crisis. The conference is set for Wednesday in...

3/5/2019

article Purdue Pharma bankruptcy would follow a long and shady corporate tradition
(USA) -- Purdue Pharma, the embattled drugmaker behind OxyContin, is reportedly considering bankruptcy protection as it faces some 2,000 lawsuits over allegations that...
article For the Cherokee tribe in western North Carolina, America’s drug problem hits home
(North Carolina) -- Samantha Brawley got hooked on painkillers after high school, an addiction that stole nearly a decade and cost her most of the savings that were...
article Opioid Crisis Hits Native Americans
(South Dakota) -- Four South Dakota tribes are suing 24 opioid makers and distributors. In the lawsuit, the Rosebud Sioux, Flandreau Santee Sioux, Sisseton Wahpeton...
article Opioid Epidemic On South Dakota's Indian Reservations
(South Dakota) -- The opioid epidemic has made its way from both coasts to KELOLAND. But often overlooked in this crisis are South Dakota's Indian Reservations....
article Purdue Pharma bankruptcy would follow a long and shady corporate tradition
(USA) -- Purdue Pharma, the embattled drugmaker behind OxyContin, is reportedly considering bankruptcy protection as it faces some 2,000 lawsuits over allegations that...

3/4/2019

article OxyContin maker Purdue is exploring bankruptcy, reports say
(USA) -- OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is preparing for a possible bankruptcy filing as it faces hundreds of lawsuits over its role in the U.S. opioid epidemic, Reuters...

2/25/2019

article Addiction-Hit Miccosukee Tribe Sues Big Pharma
(Florida) -- The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida has joined in the nationwide litigation revolt against opioids, seeking more than $100 million in a federal...

2/22/2019

article Miccosukee Tribe Sues Opioid Manufacturers Over Drug Epidemic
(Florida) -- By now, the havoc wreaked by opioids on communities across the United States — especially white, rural areas — is well known. But particularly...

2/20/2019

article 'When I'm around my people, I feel safe': City aims to combat Indigenous overdoses amid opioid crisis
(Toronto) -- Catching up in the bustling lobby of an east-end Toronto clinic and supervised consumption site, Les Harper and Lawrence Boyer have lots to talk about...

2/6/2019

article Opioid MDL Judge Mulls BakerHostetler DQ, Vents Frustration (sub req)
(Ohio) -- The Ohio federal judge supervising multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis said Wednesday that he may disqualify a BakerHostetler attorney on conflict-...

2/1/2019

article Purdue Brass 'Milked' $4B From Opioid Addiction: Mass AG (sub req)
(Massachusetts) -- Purdue Pharma LP’s controlling Sackler family paid itself $4.2 billion in opioid money over 10 years as the company aggressively pushed sales...

1/30/2019

article Warm Springs tribe files major opioid lawsuit
(Oregon) -- A Native American tribe in Oregon filed a major lawsuit over opioid addiction that names well-known pharmaceutical makers and retail outlets. According to...

1/29/2019

article BakerHostetler Atty Accused Of Misusing Info In Opioid MDL (sub req)
(Ohio) -- The city of Cleveland has filed a redacted motion in Ohio federal court laying out its reasons for seeking to disqualify a BakerHostetler partner and former U....
article Bellwether Trial In Opioid MDL Delayed Another 7 Weeks (sub req)
(Ohio) -- An Ohio federal judge agreed Tuesday to once again push back the start date of the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over the country's...
article One of America's richest families is accused of profiting from the nation's opioid crisis
(Massachusetts) -- A court ruling Monday in Massachusetts will expose details about one of America's richest families and their connection to the nation's opioid...

1/26/2019

article Family behind OxyContin maker engineered opioid crisis, Massachusetts AG says
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts attorney general is targeting Purdue Pharma and eight members of the Sackler family who own the company, alleging in a lawsuit they...

1/23/2019

article Missoula County becomes latest to sue over opioid crisis
(Montana) -- Missoula County is the latest among a slate of city, county, state and tribal governments in Montana to sue drug companies over the nation’s opioid...

1/22/2019

article Reserves calling for help with opioid crisis
(Saskatchewan) -- Residents in the tri-reserve area suffering the effects of the opioid crisis are renewing their call for help. Last week, the Federation of Sovereign...

1/18/2019

article OP/ED: Oxycontin “blizzard of prescriptions”
(Massachusetts) -- A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s...

1/17/2019

article Opioid Distributors Want 6th Circ. RICO Ruling Before Trial (sub req)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Sixth Circuit should decide whether Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and nuisance claims in multidistrict litigation over the...

1/15/2019

article ‘A blizzard of prescriptions’: Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin
(Massachusetts) -- When Purdue Pharma started selling its prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin in 1996, Dr. Richard Sackler asked people gathered for the launch...

1/14/2019

article Blood Tribe marks opening of new detox centre
(Alberta) -- A southern Alberta community that’s been hit hard by the opioid crisis is now home to a new detox centre. A ribbon cutting for the long-awaited...
article Cracking Down on Opioid Opportunists
(USA) -- The opioid epidemic is causing a rise in the number of treatment centers and recovery residences that offer services for people with substance use disorder (SUD...

1/13/2019

article This is why the federal government has a hard time regulating prescription opioids
(Washington D.C.) -- This past week, President Trump argued on national television that to end the opioid epidemic, Congress needed to fund the building of a wall at the...

1/9/2019

article Mille Lacs Band chief executive credits grassroots partnership in fight against opioid epidemic
(Minnesota) -- In her 2019 State of the Band Address Tuesday, Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin spoke of headway being made in the war against opioid and...

1/6/2019

article 'Culture of practice' explains ND’s widely varied opioid Rx rates
(North Dakota) -- Prescription opioid use in North Dakota has a distinctive geography. Use intensity of the narcotic painkillers varies considerably by county. The rate...
article Blood Tribe overdoses up 86 per cent in 2018: Report
(Alberta) -- A recent report released by health officials shows an 86 per cent increase in opioid overdoses on the Blood Tribe between 2017 and 2018. The Blood Tribe...

1/2/2019

article 2nd Bellwether Track Set In Opioid MDL (sub req)
(Ohio) -- The Ohio federal judge overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation has issued an order creating a second track of bellwether cases, saying the first track...

12/29/2018

article Churchill: An epidemic born of greed and despair
(New York) -- The opioid epidemic knows no boundaries, but its grip is strongest in the forgotten places where economic stagnation has brought despair and desperation....

12/28/2018

article Big Pharma faces big year in court as states, tribes sue over opioid epidemic
(USA) -- States, counties and Indian tribes that sued opioid makers over their role in the overdose crisis are poised to have their day in court in a make-or-break 2019...
article St. Regis Mohawk Tribe latest to sue drug manufacturers over opioid crisis
(New York) -- The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors over their roles in the opioid epidemic, joining...

12/27/2018

article St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers
(New York) -- The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has filed suit in federal court against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors for the devastating effects that...
article Natives Against Heroin Saving Lives at Tent City
(Minnesota) -- The nations opioid problem has hit all area’s in this country hard. Not even rural America has escaped the consequences of the latest drug epidemic...

12/20/2018

article Opioid OD Deaths Soaring Among Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- As the epidemic of opioid addiction rips through the United States, one group is being hit especially hard: Native Americans.

12/14/2018

article Purdue’s secret OxyContin papers should be released, appeals court rules
(New York) -- A Kentucky appeals court on Friday upheld a judge’s ruling ordering the release of secret records about Purdue Pharma’s marketing of the...
article Education program offers glimmer of hope amid Blood Tribe opioid crisis
(Alberta) -- Receiving her certificate in customer service and sales is a moment Lori Eagle Plume has worked hard for. “It’s been a long time since I...

12/12/2018

article Combating Opioid Addiction In Native American Communities A Challenge
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress approved the Affordable Care Act more than eight years ago, and it continues to be a political flash point, both here in Arizona and in...

12/9/2018

article For One Rural Community, Fighting Addiction Started With Recruiting The Right Doctor
(Wisconsin) -- The 32-year-old lives with her sixth-month-old daughter on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin. She's struggled with...

12/8/2018

article Alberta government providing $12.6M to help with Lethbridge opioid crisis
(Alberta) -- The Alberta government announced Friday that it will be funding new initiatives to help address issues that have arisen regarding the opioid crisis and...

12/6/2018

article Alberta government to support safe withdrawal site for Blood Tribe
(Alberta) -- A new safe withdrawal management site will provide substance use treatment services for people in the Blood Tribe community.

12/5/2018

article Opioid deaths lead Forest Co. Potawatomi to launch major ad, law enforcement campaign
(Wisconsin) -- It became one funeral too many for Ned Daniels Jr. "We had some funeral services," he said. "All of a sudden, it started to get repeated...
article Leech Lake Hosts Opioid Response Summit
(Minnesota) -- The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s Opioid Response Summit broke new ground in the first stages of developing a strategic plan to stop the opioid crisis.

12/3/2018

article Pala Band of Mission Indians files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors
(California) -- The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced the filing of a federal lawsuit Monday against companies who manufacture and distribute opioids.
article Native Food Perspectives: A different kind of ‘soul food’
(Minnesota) -- Back a few years, when Christina Valtierra was cooking meals at the Little Earth neighborhood in Minneapolis, some residents would see her in the kitchen...

12/1/2018

article Class action lawsuit filed over opioid abuse
(Alaska) -- Five Alaska Native tribes are suing major pharmaceutical and retail firms, including Kroger, Walgreen and Walmart, in a class action lawsuit alleging the...
article Blood Tribe police seize carfentanil pills in midst of opioid epidemic
(Alberta) -- In a battle against rampant illicit opioids entering the Blood Tribe reserve, police made a drug bust Wednesday seizing carfentanil — an opioid 100 times...

11/27/2018

article The Pokagon Band Receives Recognition for Innovative Substance Abuse Program from State of Michigan
(Michigan) -- The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is pleased to announce they have received the Treatment and System Transformation Award from the Michigan Department...

11/26/2018

article CSKT Council addresses opioid epidemic
(Montana) -- Last year, the Federal Government declared opioid addiction a public health emergency with reports that over 2.1 million Americans are addicted to the drug.

11/25/2018

article This City’s Overdose Deaths Have Plunged. Can Others Learn From It?
(Ohio) -- Dr. Randy Marriott clicked open the daily report he gets on drug overdoses in the county. Only one in the last 24 hours — stunningly low compared to the...

11/24/2018

article Alberta First Nation issues warning after 22 overdoses in 48 hours
(Alberta) -- An Indigenous community in southern Alberta has issued a public warning after a rash of opioid-related overdoses. The Blood Tribe Administration released...

11/23/2018

article 'We've had a lot of tears': Indigenous youth focus lens on opioid crisis
(Edmonton) -- The people behind the film project Better Days: A Journey of Our Youth are all too familiar with the dangers of opioids. Almost everyone who worked on the...
article Blood Tribe issues community alert due to alarming rate of overdoses
(Alberta) -- A reserve in southern Alberta has issued a community alert due to an alarming rate of overdoses. According to the Blood Tribe Police Service, they have...

11/11/2018

article COLUMN: The battle against Montana's drug epidemic
(Montana) -- Montana is a place where we pride ourselves on having strong, tight-knit communities. However, our communities in every corner of the state are facing a...
article New program targets substance abuse among Native Americans
(Massachusetts) -- A new state program seeks to lower rates of substance abuse among young Native Americans in Massachusetts. The state Department of Public Health says...

11/6/2018

article Tribal council funds programs for kids, approves opioid policy
(Montana) -- Two issues supporting health were on the agenda during the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1. The first issue was...

11/3/2018

article Northern Cheyenne Tribe sues pharmaceutical companies over opioids
(Montana) -- A Montana Indian tribe has filed a lawsuit against companies that produce and distribute opioid pain medication, alleging the drugs have caused a public...
article Northwestern Montana tribes to limit opioid prescriptions
(Montana) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in northwestern Montana are seeking to fight opioid abuse by putting limits on opioids prescribed to members...

11/2/2018

article Northwestern Montana tribes to limit opioid prescriptions
(Montana) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in northwestern Montana are seeking to fight opioid abuse by putting limits on opioids prescribed to members...

11/1/2018

article With new prescription rules, tribes aim to prevent opioid abuse
(Montana) -- Jessi Cahoon gave the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council a grim statistic Thursday. Nationwide, “46 people per day die of prescription...

10/31/2018

article Montana Tribe Sues Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids
(Montana) -- A Montana Indian tribe has filed a lawsuit against companies that produce and distribute opioid pain medication, alleging the drugs have caused a public...

10/30/2018

article Montana Northern Cheyenne tribe sues big pharma
(Montana) -- Montana’s Northern Cheyenne tribes filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court against a handful of pharmaceutical companies. The suit alleges opioid...
article ND tribes join lawsuit suing opioid distributors
(North Dakota) -- The Spirit Lake, Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain tribes in North Dakota have joined numerous counties and cities across the country in suing...

10/28/2018

article Crisis Interrupted
(Saskatchewan) -- Kamsack’s main street is typical of a small Saskatchewan town. There’s a Canada Post, a few four-way stops, a couple of banks and a Home...

10/25/2018

article The Opioid Epidemic Has Spurred A Large “Tent City” Of Homeless Native Americans
(Minnesota) -- A growing “tent city” in Minneapolis that houses an estimated 300 people has inspired a social movement to draw attention to Native Americans...
article Cleveland, Akron Will Try To Prove Opioid Cases Without A Single Bogus Prescription
(Ohio) -- Plaintiffs in bellwether trials against the opioid industry scheduled to begin next year will try to prove their cases without presenting a single example of...

10/24/2018

article Alaska tribes, health organizations join opioid suit
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native tribes and tribal health organizations have joined a federal lawsuit against the prescription drug industry over the opioid crisis.

10/22/2018

article Micmac, Maliseet tribes awarded grants to fight substance abuse
(Maine) -- Two tribal communities in Aroostook County will benefit from grant funding that will help address substance abuse issues. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus...

10/21/2018

article Feds to help Maine tribe curb opioid epidemic
(Maine) -- Four American Indian groups in Maine will receive more than $400,000 from the federal government to respond to the impact of the opioid epidemic in native...

10/20/2018

article Yurok approach to opioid crisis focuses on culture, tradition, responsibility
(California) -- Fighting the opioid crisis among the Yurok Tribe may take a village. And that’s one of the new approaches — one among many the Yurok Tribe is...

10/17/2018

article Native American Tribes File Amicus Brief in Opioid MDL
(USA) -- 448 of the 573 “federally recognized” Native American tribes have filed an amicus brief in the Opioid MDL, requesting special recognition as...

10/9/2018

article 450 Tribes Demand A 'Seat At The Table' In Opioid MDL (sub req)
(Washington D.C.) -- Nearly 450 Native American and Alaskan Native tribes have collectively told an Ohio federal court why it is vital to have their own voice in...

10/5/2018

article Cherokee Nation Sues Pharmacies Over Opioid Epidemic
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation filed a lawsuit on April 20 against major U.S. pharmacy chains and drug distributors for exacerbating the epidemic of opioid abuse...

10/4/2018

article Ireland due for gambling tax rise
(Ireland) -- Despite the country’s gambling industry predicting shop closures and financial losses, Ireland will double taxes on gambling next week. The government is...

9/29/2018

article Two Rowan County natives implicated in Cherokee opioid investigation
(North Carolina) -- Two Rowan County natives face charges in connection with a federal drug-trafficking investigation. Authorities arrested 76 people in and near...

9/27/2018

article Federal & local authorities announce illegal drug crackdown
(North Carolina) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will host a press conference in Asheville on Thursday, September 27, to announce the results of a major...
article Major undercover investigations yield 132 arrests, seizure of $1.82 million worth of drugs, feds say
(North Carolina) -- A joint undercover operation has shut down a major drug distribution network on Native American land in Western North Carolina, according to news...
article Sweeping tribal land drug arrests in WNC leads to warning: A generation is at risk.
(North Carolina) -- Flanked by the region's top law enforcement officials, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday announced the arrest of more than 76 people...

9/26/2018

article Northern Nevada tribes receive grants to address opioid crisis
(Nevada) -- The Washoe Tribe and Reno-Sparks Indian Colony will receive grants totaling $379,686 to address the opioid crisis and provide mental health and substance...

9/13/2018

press release Call for Participation in Opioid Litigation and Amicus Briefing Effort
(USA) -- Background: As you may know, over 50 Tribal Nations have filed suit against prescription opioid manufacturers, distributors and retailer/pharmacies.  The...

9/4/2018

article Sick River: Can These California Tribes Beat Heroin and History?
(California) -- For thousands of years, the Klamath River has been a source of nourishment for the Northern California tribes that live on its banks. Its fish fed dozens...

8/30/2018

article Alberta friendship centres get $400,000 to fight Indigenous opioid crisis
(Alberta) -- There are new supports in the works for Indigenous people battling addiction in Calgary, Lethbridge, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Native friendship centres...

8/22/2018

article New Opioid Suits Highlight Tribal Despair, Financial Stakes
(Minnesota) -- Four lawsuits filed by Minnesota Indian tribes against opioid manufacturers and distributors again highlight the financial stakes drugmakers are up...

8/21/2018

article Blackfeet Nation Sues Opioid Manufacturers
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Nation has filed a lawsuit against five prescription drug producers and three wholesale drug distributors in response to an epidemic of drug...
article B.C. First Nations Health Authority secures $2.5M for research into harm reduction for opioid use
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has secured a $2.5 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to identify...

8/20/2018

article By Order of the Feds: Burners Getting Pulled Over by Law Enforcement Through Nixon
(Nevada) -- Driving through Nixon, Nev. has allegedly slowed as police are searching vehicles heading to Burning Man that may have drugs on board. Opiates in particular...
article Reports: Feds are pulling over Burning Man attendees on tribal lands
(Nevada) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe both have been mum about reports of federal law enforcement pulling over vehicles on their way to...

8/16/2018

article Trump urges federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump said Thursday he wants the Justice Department to bring a federal lawsuit against drug manufacturers who have contributed to the...

8/13/2018

article Fond du Lac Band sues over opioids
(Minnesota) -- The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa on Thursday, Aug. 2, joined a growing list of governmental bodies, including Carlton County, suing opioid...

8/4/2018

article Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations file lawsuits against 19 opioid manufactures
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter joined Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby and Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton at the Whitten Burrage law firm...

8/3/2018

article Chickasaw, Choctaw latest tribes to file suit against opioid manufacturers
(Oklahoma) -- The Chickasaw and Choctaw nations have each filed lawsuits against 19 opioid manufacturers — joining a long list of tribes, states, cities and...
press release Fond du Lac Band Files Civil Lawsuits Against Opioid Distributors
(Minnesota) -- The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa today filed a civil lawsuit against the distributors of opioid prescription drugs, alleging they have...

7/30/2018

article 3 Wisconsin counties, tribe partner to fight drug epidemic
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is partnering with three northern Wisconsin counties to fight the regional drug epidemic....

7/13/2018

article Children of the Opioid Epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States addiction epidemic has reached alarming rates and is showing no signs of slowing. To illustrate this point, synthetic opioids were...
article How tribal leaders are responding to the opioid crisis in Michigan's Native American communities
(Michigan) -- The opioid crisis is taking a tragic toll on families nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 64,000 Americans died from drug...

7/9/2018

article The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban
(Washington D.C.) -- As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul presented the Obama...

7/5/2018

article Swinomish tribe sues drug companies
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has joined the ranks of governmental organizations filing lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid...

7/4/2018

article Connelly: Swinomish tribe sues 'Big Pharma' for pushing opioids
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is suing Purdue Pharmaceutical and other manufacturers of opioid drugs, charging that false and deceptive marketing...
article Swinomish Tribe Sues Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has joined the ranks of governmental organizations filing lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid...

6/28/2018

article Celebrating a new tsunami vertical evacuation refuge for the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
(Washington) -- A long planned tsunami vertical evacuation tower in Tokeland received $2.2 million in federal funding on June 26 to help pay for the construction of a...

6/26/2018

article Four Pueblo Governors Meet With U.S. Department Of Justice Opioid Coordinator And U.S. Attorney
(New Mexico) -- Governors and other representatives of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos met Monday in Ohkay Owingeh with U.S. Department of Justice Opioid Coordinator...

6/14/2018

article McKesson Tries To Keep Tribal Opioid Suit In Federal Court (sub req)
(New York) -- McKesson Corp. has urged a California federal court not to send the Round Valley Indian Tribes’ suit accusing the company and others of helping...

6/12/2018

article Walgreens opens 1,000th drug disposal kiosk in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- If you need to get rid of old or expired medication, there are now 11 local Walgreens where you can get the chore done. The company opened its 1,000th...

6/11/2018

article Increased Drug Overdoses Worry Northeast Montana Officials
(Montana) -- Authorities in northeastern Montana are worried after a series of drug overdoses believed to involve heroin mixed with fentanyl. The Billings Gazette...
article Lawsuits Blaming Prescription Drug for Compulsive Gambling Climb to Over 1,000
(Ottawa) -- The lawsuits against common prescription drug Abilify have climbed to more than a thousand in the United States, with several more suits filed in Canada. The...

6/10/2018

article County joins lawsuit against drug manufacturers, distributors
(New Mexico) -- Hundreds of counties and municipalities across the country are hoping to hold opioid drug manufacturers and distributors accountable for an alleged...
article Is medical marijuana the key to slowing the pace of opioid overdose deaths in Wisconsin?
(Wisconsin) -- Colette Nycz was inside her Burnham Park home on Milwaukee’s south side the day she nearly died. Caught in the throes of addiction, she snorted a...

6/9/2018

article Fort Peck Indian Reservation sees first fatal heroin overdoses in recent memory, sheriff's office says
(Montana) -- A rash of heroin overdoses in the past month in northeast Montana has law enforcement on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation worried.

6/7/2018

article Nebraska cases against opioid drug manufacturers go to Ohio judge
(Ohio) -- A federal judge in Ohio has given tribal governments a separate track from others across the country who are pursuing lawsuits that accuse opioid manufacturers...

6/6/2018

article Federal judge allows Nebraska tribes to pursue opioid lawsuits separately from states
(Nebraska) -- Native American tribes, including the four in Nebraska, will be allowed to raise their own legal issues as part of the national litigation intended to hold...
article BLOG: Addiction Treatment in Poplar Needed to Assist American Indian Reservation
(Montana) -- Leaders of the Fort Peck Reservation Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in Poplar, Montana met with government officials in late May to discuss how to expand...
article Montana view: Drug scourge makes reservations lethal to children
(Montana) -- Google "Indian boarding schools" and what it returns is a haunting and harrowing look at good intentions which built a virtual hell. After the...

6/5/2018

article American Indian Nations Act to Ensure Their Inclusion in Opioid Settlement Talks
(USA) -- Among the Ponca in Oklahoma, Casey Camp-Horinek has “watched heroin and opiate addiction sweep though…over the past decade,” creating what...

6/2/2018

article State Awards $2.4 Million For Opioid Treatment
(Wisconsin) -- The state has awarded 17 counties and four tribes around $2.4 million for opioid treatment. Wisconsin health officials say the long-term goal is to reduce...
article View from Away: Congress should hold opioid manufacturers accountable in the drug epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- State officials across the country are stepping up to show the leadership that Congress has failed to muster to urge that opioid manufacturers be...

5/31/2018

article Feds seize nearly $5M in drugs, arrest 86 on Arizona tribal lands
(Arizona) -- A federal task force announced Thursday that it had seized nearly 10,000 fentanyl pills, hundreds of pounds of marijuana and arrested 86 in a drug bust on...
article Taskforce Completes Successful Opioid Bust Near Tribal Reservations in Arizona
(Washington D.C.) -- From May 15, 2018 through May 26, 2018, the Department of the Interior (DOI) Opioid Reduction Task Force conducted a Criminal Interdiction Operation...
article Zinke: Interior Dept., Tribal Police Join Forces to Fight Drugs
(Washington D.C.) -- A new partnership between the Department of the Interior and law enforcement from the nation's Native American reservations are working together...

5/29/2018

article Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused
(USA) -- A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but...

5/27/2018

article On Fort Peck Reservation, where 107 kids are in foster care, tribes ask feds for help with drug problems
(Montana) -- Meth has overtaken the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, whose leaders told Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke they need federal help....
article Tribes Ask Interior Secretary for Help With Meth Addiction
(Montana) -- Leaders of a tribal executive board in Montana are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for help battling meth addiction in their community.

5/24/2018

article Rio Arriba County Commission Protests Federal Opioid Grant Program Focus
(New Mexico) -- Rio Arriba County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday, May 24, protesting federal public health grants that are supposed to focus...

5/22/2018

article Nez Perce Tribe joins opioids suit
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce Tribe has joined a multi-district lawsuit targeting opioid manufacturers and distributors. The tribe said in a news release that a lawsuit was...

5/21/2018

article Nez Perce Tribe Suing Opioid Drug Manufacturers
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce Tribe is suing a variety of manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs. According to a press release the complaint alleges that the opioid...

5/18/2018

article Rural Opioid Grants Target Mostly White Counties, None In New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- Congress boosted the budget for the battle against the opioid epidemic this year, and a chunk of it—$100 million—is slated for treatment and...

5/15/2018

article North Dakota joins lawsuit against maker of OxyContin
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota and five other states are filing new lawsuits accusing a pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drugs sales that...

5/11/2018

article Feeling Marginalized In Massive Opioid Lawsuit, Native Americans Request Own Day In Court
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American tribes are among those the opioid epidemic has hit the hardest, though scant attention has been paid to how the crisis is ripping...
article Judge overseeing opioid suits seeks steps to address crisis
(Ohio) -- The federal judge overseeing more than 600 lawsuits filed by government entities collectively seeking billions of dollars to address the nation’s opioid...
article Native Americans Demanding Chance to Try Opioid Suits Separately
(USA) -- Native American tribes devastated by the U.S. opioid epidemic asked a judge set up a separate track for their lawsuits targeting makers and distributors of the...
article Talks In Opioid Lawsuits Called 'Very Fruitful'
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorneys handling hundreds of lawsuits over the opioid crisis say they’re making progress in discussions between local governments and drug...
article The 'forgotten people' of the opioid epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- Members of the Seneca Nation of Indians and others from the surrounding western New York community gathered together in mourning.

5/10/2018

article Four Nebraska tribes now suing drug companies over opioid epidemic
(Nebraska) -- All four Nebraska Indian Nations now have sued drug manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, seeking repayment as sovereign governments for...

5/9/2018

article BREWER: Tribes are taking the lead in battle against opioids
(New York) -- “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...
article Three Nebraska tribes join Ponca in opioid lawsuit
(Nebraska) -- Three Nebraska tribes have joined the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska in attempting to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for the opioid problem in the U...

5/8/2018

article Helping Native Americans tackle the opioid epidemic
(Oklahoma) -- Overdoses and deaths blamed on the nation's opioid epidemic continue to grow. And one specific demographic group in Texoma is especially vulnerable:...
article Opioid epidemic threatens the children — and future — of Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Nikki Baker-Limore never thought she would see anything worse than methamphetamine hit her community. But the executive director of the Indian Child...

5/3/2018

article Two more N.D. tribes file lawsuits against opioid industry
(North Dakota) -- Two more North Dakota Native American tribes have filed federal lawsuits against the opioid industry. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and...

5/1/2018

article Sessions to opioid distributors: ‘I’m not shedding any tears if you’re no longer making profits’
(Washington D.C.) -- Next week, top executives from the nation’s largest distributors of prescription painkillers will testify before Congress about the role their...

4/28/2018

article Sessions pledges help on Montana drug problem
(Montana) -- To illustrate the violence often associated with the drug, Sessions pointed to the 2016 murder of a 13-month-old girl, Kenzley Olson, on Montana's Fort...

4/27/2018

article Opioid lawsuits filed in Nebraska: Native Americans, county allege suffering at hands of pharmaceutical industry​
(Nebraska) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Knox County have waded into the legal fight over the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic, arguing that the Native...

4/26/2018

article Ponca Tribe, Knox County sue drug companies over opioid epidemic
(Nebraska) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Knox County this week sued more than two dozen drug manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers. The Omaha...

4/22/2018

article Sen. Warren lauds opioid bill at forum
(Massachusetts) -- Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is promoting a federal bill that could alter the devastation of the opioid crisis in her home state of...

4/21/2018

article Arapaho tribe's opioid lawsuit merged with Ohio case
(Wyoming) -- he Northern Arapaho Tribe's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers has been joined with nearly 600 other cases that have been consolidated in the federal...
article Arkansas, Oklahoma divided on opioid withdrawal alternative
(Arkansas) -- Legislation on an alternative substance that some say could help mitigate the effects of opioid withdrawals is divided along state lines. Kratom, a...
article Oregon Tribe Sues Pharma Cos. Over Opioid Epidemic
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation on Thursday became the latest tribe to file a lawsuit against a host of drug distributors and...
article Sen. Warren to discuss impact of opioid bill on tribal areas
(Massachusetts) -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to visit Mashpee to discuss what impact her opioid bill would have on tribal communities. The Democrat has joined...

4/16/2018

article Indian tribes fear being killed off by opioid epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- While much of the country is suffering, American Indians are particularly reeling from the opioid crisis. Some tribes say it amounts to an...

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