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Heroin blamed for crash near Saginaw Chippewa Tribe's school

A building at the Saginaw Chippewa Academy Photo from Isabella Conservation District Environmental Education Program

Police from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan responded this morning to an accident that's being blamed on heroin.

A 27-year-old driver crashed into a telephone police near the Saginaw Chippewa Academy, the tribe's elementary school, The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun reported. No one was injured, the paper said.

Chief Steve Pego displays a birch bark document that the tribe used to declare a war on substance abuse. Photo from Saginaw Chippewa Tribe

The tribe declared a war on substance abuse last year in response to drug issues in the community. Heroin has been of particular concern -- a tribal member died after overdosing on the drug in February and two women were banished after being found with a large amount of the drug.

Get the Story:
Woman crashes in school zone, says she took heroin (The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun 5/21)

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