In an Article, the NY Times Ties Opioid Crisis Among Yurok, Karuk, and Hoopa Tribes to the Decline in the Salmon on the Klamath
Salmon runs reached historic lows last year, destabilizing an already fragile subsistence economy for thousands living along the river. Without salmon in this region, where unemployment can reach 80 percent in some areas, families risk hunger and destitution.
At the same time, a surge of heroin has intensified problems with opioid addiction that first began with painkillers like OxyContin in the early 2000s and began to worsen in 2014…
Earlier today Del Real tweeted, “Between 1999 and 2015, Native Americans saw a 519 percent increase in overdose deaths nationally. They are the hardest-hit demographic in an overdose death epidemic that has affected every corner of the country.”
He explained, “Yurok tribal leaders hope a combination of medication-assisted treatment, i.e. buprenorphine, can be expanded alongside culture-based rehabilitation programs, like “wellness” villages where recovering users can get back in touch with traditional practices.”
Read the entire piece here.