First Nations use traditions to tackle oxy problems –

by NationTalk on November 8, 2012474 Views

Remote First Nations in northern Ontario are designing their own programs to deal with an epidemic of OxyContin abuse gripping their communities.

Leaders, counsellors and former addicts are sharing their successes and struggles this week at the Matawa First Nations “Back to our Roots” gathering in Neskantaga, 600 km north of Thunder Bay.

Sid O’Keese said he has a “personal vendetta against prescription drug abuse” that keeps him motivated as a clinical services supervisor in Eabametoong First Nation.

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