First Nations leaders in Saskatchewan grappling with opioid crisis – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on November 30, 2021322 Views

Elder Mary Rose Naytowhow is part of a group of mental health and addictions treatment advocates from First Nations across Saskatchewan who says more needs to be done to tackle the opioid crisis in the province.

“We are losing them fast and we are quite concerned,” she tells APTN News. “As an elder, I too bring that message across, we need to work together, bring our communities together and have the surrounding neighbours and neighbouring bands to come together.”

Naytowhow met with colleagues in Prince Alberta to address this drug crisis.

Recent statistics from Saskatchewan’s coroner’s service say that there have been 364 suspected and confirmed drug related deaths so far in 2021 – in 2020 the total was 330.

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