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Native America Calling: Facing growing addiction fatalities
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Facing growing addiction fatalities
The newest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paints a distressing increase in the number of overdose deaths among Native Americans.

It shows Native fatalities rose 39 percent from 2019 to 2020. That far outpaces the increase for the population as a whole. Also, an investigative report looks into alcohol-related fatalities in the state of New Mexico and finds that, while disproportionately high, the number for Native populations is not the main driving force in the overall problem.

Guests on Native America Calling
Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with:

Heather Benjamin (Ojibwe), Indian Health Board’s opioid intervention and prevention health educator

Dr. Spero Manson (Pembina Chippewa), Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health director at the University of Colorado Medical Campus

Ted Alcorn, independent journalist

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