A lot of our high school students

coming out of tribal school are addicted to opioids.  These kids are growing up really connected to each other.  So, you can get the whole group addicted very quickly. We do have a problem with it.  We are a small community and we all know people now that have died. We are having a real problem curing this.  I know one young man who died in the last couple months who was waiting to get help.  Trying to get treatment he was waiting and he died of an overdose before then.  Right now my own child is going everyday to get her methadone. If I wasn't there she would miss a bunch of those doses and the clinic doesn't let you miss. You have to have an excuse to miss.  You have got to make sure that you have transportation support.  For a lot this is a family problem. If you are hooked on drugs and you have alcoholic parents, they are not going to be able to provide you with the support. Take you there if your car breaks down, buy you gas because you can’t work.  If you can’t work then a lot of these people end up living at home with their parents.  They're lucky if they have a parent that isn't on alcohol or drugs.  For a lot of them their parents can't provide the support, the community can't provide the support, which leads to us being unable to rescue them, and then death.  

 
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